Dear Editor,

The Menominee American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 146 would like to take this time to reflect with the community that on Independence Day, Americans will celebrate our country’s freedom with fireworks, family and friends. We are fortunate to live in the land of the free because of our brave United States Armed Forces which are headed by the President of the United States.

The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776, as the day America’s first Continental Congress declared independence from the British monarchy. The Fourth of July did not become a federal holiday until 1870. However, it wasn’t a paid holiday, and the U. S. Congress didn’t expand the grant to make it a paid holiday until 1941.

As the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, the American Legion Auxiliary thanks the courageous men and women who fought—and continue to fight—at home and abroad, along with their families who sacrificed beside them to allow us the privilege to live in the United States of America.

Happy Independence Day, and remember to hoist up the American flag; proudly wear red, white and blue, and show dedication to those whom we owe our freedom—the nation’s veterans and military.

God Bless America.

Connie Kewley

Menominee American Legion Auxiliary Unit 146 Public Relations Chairman