Independence Day represents freedom in the United States. On the Fourth of July in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed establishing America as a new nation free from British rule.
Today, the Fourth of July is a patriotic celebration filled with fireworks, parades, barbecues and parties. We are fortunate to live in a country where everyone holds the fundamental rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
It is important to remember the brave soldiers who have died to protect these freedoms. Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation aims to honor the sacrifices of fallen military heroes by ensuring the success of their children through college education.
We asked Fallen Patriots’ scholar Katie O’Hare what freedom means to her. Her father, U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Raymond O’Hare, passed away during a T-38 training jet crash.
“To me, freedom is the ability to live your life as you choose, without living in fear. Unlike other countries, we are blessed to live in a place where we can be an individual and pursue our own desired path. We are able to live in a free country because of the sacrifices of so many men and women fighting for our country. Home of the free because of the brave,” stated Katie.
For Fallen Patriots’ scholar Mitchell Voas, Independence Day is a time for remembrance. His father, U.S. Air Force Major Randall Voas, was killed in a plane crash while serving in Afghanistan.
“Every Fourth of July, I like to think back to when my Dad was around, and we would go to neighborhood barbecues as a family. Fourth of July is a time to reflect on the good times and honor those we have lost as well as those who continue to fight for America’s freedom,” Mitchell shared.
Since 2002, Fallen Patriots has provided more than $22 million in total assistance, including college scholarships and educational counseling to over 1,100 military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. Nearly 20,000 children from all across America will need future assistance.
“We believe that one of the best ways we can honor our fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country is to invest in the future of those they loved most in the world – their children. A college education is the key to a bright future for any child and the generosity of our supporters is making those hopes and dreams come true.
We are honored by the support of the thousands of individuals and companies across America who have answered this call. Not every patriot wears a uniform and we are deeply grateful to all those who are rendering this important service to our military and their families.” - David Kim, co-founder and CEO of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation
May we always remember those who died defending the safety and freedoms we are able to enjoy this Independence Day. You can help honor the sacrifices of military families by making a donation to Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation by clicking here.