This past Saturday, my coworker and I drove to Arlington National Cemetery to participate in Wreaths Across America. On this day, hundreds of volunteers across the country placed 1.2 million Christmas wreaths at military gravesites in over a thousand locations.
As with most rookie officers, he was young and ready to save the world from itself. I was winding down my career and looking forward to teaching criminal justice classes within the next year, so working with a new energetic officer who was gung-ho was not on my Christmas list.
If there is one day that belongs to all Americans, it is Independence Day. Families, neighbors, communities and the nation can unite in a civil celebration of the freedoms, liberties and opportunities that our great nation affords.