ALBANY, GA (WALB) - With the Fourth of July approaching, most South Georgians are thinking about enjoying a beach trip, going to a Braves game, fishing at the lake, or a picnic with family. Very few of us will ever think about concerns of an attack on our nation by a foreign country.
Or how will we protect our families because of battles raging at the end of our street. And the reason every American can feel safe and secure, is the men and women of the Armed Forces.
Dedicated men and women who have volunteered to serve, making up the most powerful military ever known. The Department of Defense reports that in 2017 there were almost 1 million, 300 thousand people currently serving in the combined armed forces.
The Veterans Administration reports there are approximately 22 million Americans living who have served in the military.
We at WALB News 10 honor those serving and veteran military members with our monthly specials, "Heroes Among Us".
Every day on our website we ask South Georgians to nominate a military member or veteran who has gone above and beyond, in their service to our nation and their community.
Once a month we select one of those nominees, and feature them with a report on his or her service and life. At the end of the year, we ask our viewers to select one of those 12 "Heroes Among Us" as our yearly winner, and will give them a vacation.
We will air our annual Military Heroes Special on July 5th at 7:00 PM on ABC and 7:30 PM on NBC, to announce the winner. But our special is much more than that. We review all our monthly Heroes, and show other military and veterans in South Georgia that serve every day.
We invite you to join us to watch that program, and honor the men and women who serve or have served.
They are the reason your Fourth of July will be worry-free.
We also recommend that if you see a military person or know a veteran, tell them: Thank you for your service.