July...A Month to Pause and Give Thanks

July...A Month to Pause and Give Thanks
Posted on 07/03/2018

By Mayor Mike Peterson

July is a busy and event-filled month. We celebrate the birth of our nation on the Fourth of July and Pioneer Days on the 24th. Additionally, our young city celebrates Butlerville Days on July 23 and 24.

I was reminded recently by one of our residents that as we celebrate with parties, barbecues and vacations, it would be nice if we would stop and remember some of the sacrifices our forebears and current military veterans made that allow us to enjoy these activities.

July Fourth, Independence Day, is of course the day in 1776 that the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence (it was actually voted on July 2nd). The Continental Congress declared the 13 American colonies a new nation — the United States of America — and no longer part of the British Empire. This action by these incredibly brave men was considered an act of treason by the British and punishable by death. The Revolutionary War gave our new nation the first American military veterans. Many veterans from later wars, including World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War and the Cold War, live right here in our city as our neighbors, making valuable contributions to Cottonwood Heights in many ways.

We are blessed to have brave men and women who volunteer to serve in our country’s military, knowing that we are still at war with the evil forces that attacked us on 9/11. Today’s younger military veterans are all volunteers. For two generations, no American has been obligated to join the military, and few do. Less than 1 percent of today’s American population has served on active duty. I’m a proud father of a son who served overseas for several years, and a nephew of an uncle who lost his life in the second world war. These sacrifices and multitudes of others give me pause and immense appreciation for those who have served and continue to serve our country.

Please, when you see neighbors who served in uniform, thank them. They will probably seem somewhat embarrassed and sheepishly say something like, “Thanks, I was just doing my job.” We know that “job” allows us to not only enjoy July and the many fun activities but the privilege of living in one of the finest small cities in this great country, as well.

As Mayor of this wonderful city, I personally want to thank each of our veterans and their families for their sacrifice and service. It is my sincere desire as Mayor to help determine if there are needs of our veteran population that can be facilitated by our city. I feel that this is one way, albeit a small way, that we can show our appreciation to our veterans and their families. These families endure long separations and other hardships while their loved ones are deployed to faraway lands.

So, as we celebrate with family and friends, let’s remember the men and women who have made it possible for us to enjoy freedoms, such as the ability for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — freedoms that many countries of the world do not enjoy and unfortunately probably never will.

Enjoy this wonderful month and be safe.