Independence
All-American Style

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Part 1: What Does Independence Mean to You?

As Independence Day approaches, our minds turn to pool parties, fireworks, barbecues and celebrations. The Fourth of July is a great time to enjoy the company of friends and family, but it's also a perfect opportunity to explore the idea of independence. What does independence mean to you? To your family? To your community?  Since independence is such a cornerstone of our society, The Manse on Marsh encourages you to take this Fourth of July to celebrate in a more meaningful way. Who knows? You might just find a new favorite tradition.

Read the Declaration of Independence

Many of us can probably recite part of this document by heart. But when was the last time you read through the entire document? Independence Day is the perfect time to remind ourselves of the commitment our nation's founding fathers made and the reason our country was formed. You can find a copy of the Declaration on the National Archives website for free. Take some time this Independence Day to read it (you'll find it surprisingly easy to read and understand) and reflect, either on your own or with a discussion group. You can also find (again, for free) lectures discussing the Declaration on YouTube.

Thank a Service Member

We all know the importance of sharing our appreciation for our servicemen and women. But on the Fourth of July, why not extend that love to the brave men and women who work to keep our communities safe? Or otherwise care for us? Consider opportunities to volunteer in the community, like handing out water bottles at a local celebration, race or parade or show your appreciation to the fire department or local police by providing treats or simply sending a card.

On the patriotic side, we have a large number of Veterans in our community, so we show our thanks by celebrating the service and sacrifices they have made to help this great country remain free and independent. On a more personal side, independence is something we strive to give our senior residents each and every day. We're an independent and assisted living community, and our purpose is to give our residents the tools and resources they need to live their most engaged, fulfilling and independent life.

Visit a Memorial or Historic Site

Many cities around the nation have a memorial dedicated to Veterans and those who have served. If you have one in your town (or there is one nearby), consider visiting it and perhaps find out if you can assist with keeping it beautiful, either by planting flowers, weeding or generally cleaning up the area. You may not be able to do it on the actual Fourth, but nonetheless, it's a great opportunity to show your appreciation.

Enjoy Independence, All-American Style

Finally, don't forget the best part of celebrating our independence ... actually celebrating! Whether it's as big as a backyard barbecue with hot dogs, hamburgers, apple pie and other American standards, or a simple gathering with close friends and family, take some time this Fourth of July to celebrate in your own special way.