Celebrate Independence Day Helping Deserving Veterans

by lewwaters

Fireworks 2Independence Day, more commonly referred to as the Fourth of July is our oldest and most celebrated holiday, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 and subsequently winning independence from Great Britain in 1783.

Originally expecting it to be adopted on the 2nd, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail on the 3rd,

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

Due to debating and revising some wording, the Declaration of Independence was formally adopted on the 4th and we have celebrated our Independence ever since, pretty much as John Adams expected us to.

Since that time, it seems a decreasing number of our citizens have willingly donned the uniform of one of our military branches to defend our Independence as well as travel to foreign shores and step in harm’s way to protect and defend those not as fortunate as we in America are.

It is inevitable, with fewer carrying such a heavy load, that some will return broken in body or spirit. Some, a very small number cannot completely shake the horrors they witnessed and choose a wrong path in dealing with their effort to readjust, turning to alcohol or drugs or lash out at loved ones unable to understand what they have survived.

In times past those few would be arrested, tried and imprisoned, often set on a course of repeat offenses, compounding their troubles, our judicial system also unable to understand the sacrifices they made on our behalf.

As shown in past posts, gaining understanding of our own, a system of Veterans Courts was established to urge those few to seek the help they need instead of just locking them up.

Through the efforts of District Court Judge Darvin Zimmerman, Clark County Washington has had its own Veterans Court operating for just over two years and saving taxpayers money by diverting those Veterans out of the regular judicial system and into the proper treatment facilities offered by the Veterans Administration and giving them a chance to retain their own Independence after they fought for ours.

Last year saw numerous free events held to raise funds to keep the Veterans Court in operation that were very successful, offering great food, fantastic entertainment and some of the coolest cars imaginable, HERE and HERE.

July 4, 2013, Independence Day will see a continuation of the Cruise-in / Concerts to benefit the Clark County Veterans Therapeutic Court at Town Plaza, 5411 East Mill Plain Boulevard, Vancouver, Washington 98661. Unlike the celebration held every year at the old Fort, entrance will be free, see flyer HERE

As in events past, along with the coolest of cars to be seen, there will be a star-studded line up  of entertainment throughout the day. Returning will be Award winning vocalist Petya Grozeva, Jesse Wade Holyk, Karen Overton of Pleyback will be accompanied by Tom Panich, International fiddler Champion Cynthia Hamm, Ricky Lee Jackson Band and show stopping Elvis Tribute Artist Mark Stevenz.

Boppin'Bo's Cruise-in

Internationally renowned guitarist Ernesto Quilban will also return as will Country sensation Shane Cunningham.

Continuing in the effort to bring the best entertainment available to these events, added to the line-up will be Nashville performer / songwriter Tom Mann who has opened for numerous acts such as Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes, Restless Heart, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Jeff Bates, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kenny Rogers, Hot Apple Pie and The Oak Ridge Boys.

Also added to the line-up is Becca & Brian from Flexor T, the Stellar Fellars and the Mikaele Family Band that will bring sound from the Islands.

4th Collage

Entertainment begins at 11 am and runs through 8 pm, providing you an all day event away from the hustle of the Fort Vancouver event. Be sure to consult the line up for what time each performs so you won’t miss a good performance as well as click on the entertainers links above for a sampling of their excellent talents.

This cruise-in / concert promises to be the best with new entertainers and others doing a return performance. And don’t forget admission is free and will give you a good idea of what to expect from an even bigger event scheduled for Aug 6, 2013.

What better way can there be to celebrate our Independence than with good eats, great entertainment, fabulous cars and helping those who protect and defend our Independence?

Come on out to Town Plaza (Formerly the Tower Mall) in Vancouver this Fourth of July to celebrate our Independence, enjoy the day and feel good in knowing you are helping a worthy cause, the Clark County Veterans Therapeutic Court.

2 Comments to “Celebrate Independence Day Helping Deserving Veterans”

  1. As the Greatest Generation fades, sadly the number of deserving veterans diminishes.

  2. Schuyler, finally something we agree on.

    In many ways, it is sad that so few are willing to stand up today and society is worse off for it.

    A short hitch did a lot of people a lot of good in maturity, discipline, organization and authority, both in applying it and serving under it.

    I hope you’ll come on out Thursday and bring all of your friends. There will be door prizes given away and if you haven’t seen these entertainers, you have been missing out.

    Plus, it is nice to take a break from politics 😉

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