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Happy 4th of July: Background video + KISS salutes our troops in brief video of songs

Known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83).

In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson.

From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

Click here for videos about the events surrounding Independence Day and our founding fathers - their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor - provided by History.com.

Click here for a short video featuring Gene Simmons and the rock group Kiss in Iraq while on a USO tour...a genuine military solute to each of the branches of the military. Awesome!

Click here for the Military Page on the UL Athletic Network.

Click here for a hometown version of a Military Page...just as patriotic with similar sacrifices for freedom and independence.

Remember, freedom is not free. Many of our SLI students who enlisted during WW II paid the ultimate price and did not return from the war. While the WW II veterans participated in large numbers, the university has been represented in all of the wars and military conflicts since that time and the AN strives to document the service of each of them.  

Happy Fourth of July to you and your family as you all enjoy the freedoms provided by our military veterans.
 
Peace, Ed Dugas
athleticnetwork@louisiana.edu