I put the hot dog down and tried like hell to never miss another retreat again.
It was odd, and I'm not sure who pulled duty on those days, but it never seemed like me or anyone I knew had KP, firewatch or any other detail on the Fourth. And looking back on it, I realize those days for what they were: family barbecues.
This July I will see Young, Agag, and a few others from our platoon who we've managed to round up recently. No doubt we'll eat too much, drink too much (if our wives allow us) and enjoy any fireworks that may be left over from Independence Day.
I hope you do the same on the Fourth, but I encourage you to take some time to remember the individuals who make our independence and our freedom possible. Admire the flag for moment, thank a veteran, then go watch the fireworks.