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<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Dear Readers,<br /> As I am writing this letter, I am thinking of all the reasons why July should<br /> be celebrated.<br /> The most obvious is the Fourth of July. It’s important to remember the signif-<br /> icance of this day, so we interviewed four families to learn just how "patrio-<br /> tism" is defined and celebrated for each of them throughout the year.<br /> This year, I will be celebrating with a different perspective. Just minutes after<br /> reading about the USS Fitzgerald collision, I received a text from a grade<br /> school friend. The text requested prayers for his son and his shipmates on<br /> the USS Fitzgerald. His son was one of the U.S. Navy Sailors who were thrown<br /> overboard. After a few hours of not knowing of his son’s safety, he learned that<br /> his son had the strength to fight for his life. Once he was rescued, he learned<br /> four of his best friends were not as fortunate. 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