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An Independence Day salute to our guardians of freedom

The Founding Fathers couldn’t just snap their fingers and make the nation free and independent. Members of the military fulfilled that dangerous chore. On Independence Day, remember the brave men and women who protect freedom.

Published: Thursday, July 3, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, July 3, 2014 10:39 a.m. CDT

On July 4, 1776, when the Continental Congress told Great Britain to take a hike, the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence couldn’t just snap their fingers and make it so.

It took a long, arduous and bloody war, fought by American soldiers and sailors, to win our freedom.

Two hundred thirty-eight years later, Americans depend on the men and women of the United States armed forces to guard that freedom.

In appreciation, Sauk Valley Media presents its second annual “Honoring Our Nation’s Heroes” supplement in today’s paper.

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The section profiles rising military leaders from Sterling and Rock Falls. It honors area members of the military who lost their lives in the global war on terror.

An update is given on veterans parks in the Sauk Valley. We hear an account from Pearl Harbor as told by a local survivor of the 1941 Japanese attack. And the story of a World War II Navy ship with links to our area is recounted.

Stories about our nation’s protectors help us appreciate the price paid for the continued freedom and independence enjoyed by all.

Amid the fireworks and fun on Independence Day, remember the brave men and women who made it so.

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