July 4th is one of my favorite days of the year. It is a fun filled day of celebration and festive events as we gather to celebrate our Nations birthday. I just love the smell of burgers and hot dogs cooking on the grill, spending time with family and friends, enjoying the warm weather and time on the beach. I enjoy and eagerly anticipate the fireworks display. Some of my fondest memories as a child were going to Washington DC and seeing the fireworks at the Washington Monument. Mother would fry a couple of chickens, make deviled eggs, pimento cheese sandwiches and pack a picnic lunch and we would be on our way to Washington DC. I was just amazed at seeing the fireworks display and hearing the military bands play. It was a fantastic way to celebrate the 4thof July, and those memories still linger in my heart.
Each year at Emerald Isle everyone gathers on the beach to see our beautiful fireworks display at the pier. This year our annual event will be held on Saturday, July 4thbeginning at 9 pm at the Bogue Inlet Pier. I would like to thank everyone who makes this event possible. A big thank you to Mike Stanley at the pier for his willingness to host this event. Thanks to the Parks and Recreation Department for all their hard work, the Emerald Isle Police Department for traffic control, and our Fire Department and EMS for keeping things safe. This is always one of my highlights of the year.
The other week I had the privilege to represent Emerald Isle at an event at Camp Lejeune. I met some young marines who were assigned to the Wounded Warrior Barracks. Their sacrifice for our Freedom was heart warming. Even though they are faced with many difficulties their love of country and serving our Nation was so apparent. They all said in spite of their injuries they would all do it all over again. Because of their dedication and personal sacrifice we can enjoy celebrating the 4th of July. This year as we celebrate the 4th let us pause to remember those who fought for our freedom. As I left the meeting, it made me stop and realize how fortunate we are that we still have young women and men who faithfully serve in our military.
I look forward to seeing you on the island in July. May it be a month filled with special memories and fun. Enjoy the warm weather, the fireworks and time spent with families and friends. Enjoy our beautiful beach. May God Bless you and May God Bless America!