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LAND OF THE FREE
I grew up in Fayetteville, a military town in North Carolina. There’s a lot of patriotism in a military town. Growing up, you always knew someone who was in the military or who had retired from the military. My dad was active duty before I was born and spent time in the reserves when I was young. My mom was a civilian, but she worked on Fort Bragg, which was the nearby military base. WHAT DO WE CELEBRATE ON JULY 4?
Declaration of Independence was signed, there was some trial and error before the Constitution was ratified and important amendments passed. It took some time, but the Founding Fathers built a country that thrives today, thanks to its laws. When you think about the freedoms we enjoy as citizens of the United States of America, you probably think about freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of the press. These are huge staples we enjoy as a free society, but they’re only the beginning. Lawyers spend a lot of time thinking about the Seventh Amendment, which gives us the right to a trial by jury. This amendment aims to make sure people are treated fairly and that the law applies to everyone equally. For me, Independence Day is a time to reflect on the structure of government we have that makes our country great. Sure, sometimes the government can drive people nuts, but it exists for a reason. Our government and laws exist for a reason. We’ve structured our government in a way that protects people’s rights, no matter what life throws at them.
Every Fourth of July, my parents would take us to see the fireworks show at Fort Bragg. Being the largest military base in the world by population, it’s no surprise that Fort Bragg goes all out with their fireworks. During the show, the sky is filled with hundreds of fireworks while the orchestra plays Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” punctuated with real cannon fire. It remains to be the greatest fireworks show I’ve seen in my life, though, to be honest, I haven’t been to a proper Fourth of July fireworks show since Fort Bragg. These days, fireworks aren’t a huge part of my Fourth of July celebrations. I have two small kids: a 7-year-old and an 18-month-old. They can’t stay out too late, and we’re usually putting them to bed around the time the fireworks start. That said, during the day, we have a lot of fun celebrating. Our whole neighborhood gets together for the Fourth to hang out by the pool and have a cookout. It’s always a great time. Growing up in a military town gave me a deep sense of patriotism, but I think that being a lawyer gave me a better understanding of Independence Day. From a lawyer’s perspective, all the freedoms we enjoy in the United States are thanks to the rule of law. After the “... BEING A LAWYER GAVE ME A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF INDEPENDENCE DAY.”
On the Fourth of July, we celebrate all the freedoms we enjoy every day that people in some parts of the world can only dream of. And as a lawyer, I’m reminded of my responsibility to protect those freedoms when called upon to do so. –Darl Champion
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