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July 2, 2006

Lake Blackshear -- Many people came out to Lake Blackshear to enjoy this holiday weekend. For some families, Independence day is a time to reconnect with one another.

Three brothers out at the lake enjoy their independence throughout the year, but are spending this holiday together.

Shawn Harris is a sergeant in the US army. Jimmy Hall travels throughout Georgia for his banking job. And Raye Johnson owns a construction business in Norman Park.

The three men are brothers, and they and their families haven't gotten together in a year.

"We're out here to celebrate the Fourth of July that's coming up. Since my brother is home from the army we figured we would come on out here today and celebrate and enjoy things," said Jimmy Hall.

There was something for everyone to do at Lake Blackshear. Shawn did the cooking. Raye handled all the boys on the boat.

While all the girls collected seashells.

"We've been finding seashells and collecting them and playing in the water," said Deja Harris.

The group says they're happy for the family day together, since they all lead such busy lives apart. Especially Shawn, an army sergeant first class stationed in Fort Lee, Virginia.

"It means a whole lot to me as far as being a service member and as far as being a father. It means a real lot, pretty much everything so far," said Shawn Harris.

While each brother is independent throughout the year, the most important thing today is family. They'll spend this Independence day together.

There are many of Fourth of July events for families to enjoy this Independence Day out at the lake. There is a free concert at the Lake Resort Tueday starting at 5 featuring The Honeybees and the Drifters. After that there is a huge fireworks show over the water.

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