Independence Day, also called Fourth of July, is America’s annual celebration of nationhood. The holiday commemorates the Declaration of Independence, adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.

The holiday offers us all a chance to celebrate the American Revolution. It’s a time to come together as Americans to honor our revolutionary history —  and our military — through parades, concerts filled with patriotic music, and awe-inspiring fireworks.

The holiday has also become a tradition for gathering with family, friends and neighbors to enjoy backyard barbecues and summer celebrations.

Regardless of how you plan to spend the long weekend, we here at Irvine Community News & Views (ICNV) urge our readers to take a moment to reflect on the many sacrifices our brave men and women — both those in uniform as well as civilians — have made these past 245 years to keep our nation free.

Here at ICNV, we take this opportunity to reaffirm our continuing commitment to honor local veterans and their families through our steadfast support for a Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery on the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station here in Irvine.

Over the past several years, we have reported on one corrupt scheme after another to defeat the project. In the weeks ahead, we will be reporting on the latest scheme by developers and their political allies to shove the long-promised Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery off to yet another noisy, polluted freeway interchange. (This time, they want to force veterans’ family members to drive out towards Riverside where the 241 toll road merges with the 91 freeway.)

Our veterans sacrificed so much for our nation. They never gave up! And now it’s time for us as a community to once again stand up and to fight for veterans and for their families — to ensure they are provided with a beautiful, peaceful final resting place that truly honors their service and their sacrifice.

ICNV Staff