What Independence Day means to us | PostIndependent.com

What Independence Day means to us

As the country celebrates its 228th birthday today, the Post Independent asked visitors and Glenwood residents to reflect on the meaning of Independence Day. Many mentioned the work of U.S. soldiers abroad, which allows Americans to celebrate family Fourth of July holidays together at home. Others expressed relief that Glenwood Springs will finally hold fireworks again, after two years without the annual light show. And all seemed to enjoy the bustling downtown of Glenwood Springs on a sunny Saturday afternoon. “The great weather, the rivers, the mountains; it almost makes you feel like you’re in a sanctuary,” said Glenwood resident Rob Tramazzo, as he relaxed outside a coffee shop on Grand Avenue.”It’s different this year because of what’s going on overseas. We have to remember our soldiers and marines who are over there – we can’t forget them. They’re not going to get a Fourth of July,” said Chrissy Ziegler, a Glenwood resident. Ziegler will watch the fireworks from Exclamation Point restaurant on Iron Mountain.Michelle Anderson, visiting from Keenesburg in northeastern Colorado, said she admired the sacrifices both servicemen and women and their families have made for the country. “Somebody who has been there has made sure we can walk the streets freely,” she said. Anderson is visiting Glenwood for a few days and said she may attend the fireworks at Two Rivers Park.”We live in the best country in the world. We have a lot of problems but none we can’t overcome. We should all read the Declaration of Independence,” said George McCollum, Eagle resident since 1968. McCollum plans to watch the fireworks in Eagle.Glenwood resident Rob Tramazzo said Fourth of July doesn’t hold too much meaning for him, but that he loves his city. “There’s so many negative things in the world, the nice thing about being here in Glenwood is a lot of positive things take your mind off it,” he said. Tramazzo plans to attend a concert at the State Bridge Lodge in Bond for the Fourth of July.”It means a lot, it’s what this country was founded on. Democrats and Republicans are celebrating as one American. I’m glad that people are out and traveling,” said Akim Gama, a Glenwood resident. Although Gama will also attend the State Bridge concert, he said he’s glad the fireworks have come back to Glenwood.Carlos and Maria Martinez consider the Fourth of July a special day – but only because it’s their anniversary. Why did they marry on that day? “So I’d always have the day off and never forget my anniversary,” Carlos said. The Martinezes live in Denver.As she played with her 22-month-old grandson, Elijah, in downtown Glenwood, Suzanne Johnson said she’s proud of the U.S. military. “We’re grateful for the freedom that the military provides for us,” said Johnson, whose son is in the Navy on the Bangor Washington submarine. Johnson biked to Glenwood on the Glenwood Canyon Trail from Dotsero to celebrate the holiday with her family. She lives in Fort Collins.Contact Christine Dell’Amore: 945-8515, ext. 535cdellamore@postindependent.com

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