Please reconsider private fireworks on Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is fast approaching. I know many of us like to celebrate this precious holiday in many different ways. I am asking those of you that set off your own personal fireworks to think again about doing that.

The Fourth designates our freedom as Americans and it is our veterans who insure we have that freedom today and, hopefully, tomorrow too. Many of our veterans come home from war and conflict a bit wounded themselves. The fireworks that are set off by individuals can cause these wounds to fester in that the noise brings them right back to those conflicts they fought in.

This holiday is for all Americans but, I believe, especially for our veterans since they have insured we have that gift of freedom. Please give them the gift of peace and quiet on the Fourth. Help them to be able to have a wonderful day celebrating in peace at home. There are many public places to go to watch the wonderful displays put on for the public. Please think about attending one of those, rather than setting off your own at home. Also, the fireworks that are set off at home scare our pets and wildlife. Please think about the repercussions of what your fireworks may do to those around you. Thank you and God Bless America!

Beverly C. Russell

Everett

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