We live in the best country on this planet. As many of us celebrated the 4th of July with barbeques, parties, fireworks, the beach, etc., we should have taken a moment to realize that we are able to live, work, and play in these United States because of our spirit. Part of our spirit is the solider and his/her family that has given his or her life for our country. If you look at the solider regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, or any other individual characteristics he/she has one thing in common, they all stand and represent the United States of America. So take the time and think about the past, present and future soldiers and their families and about the time they give to our county and her people.