The Times-Journal would like to thank the cities and residents in DeKalb County for their efforts in honoring the birth of our nation this Independence Day.

Throughout the county, citizens gathered this week to recognize the freedoms that we so often take for granted in this country. Many of these communities provided safe, fun activities for residents by giving their time, efforts and money to planning and executing these festivities that included music, food, fireworks and more.

It was truly a joint effort that took months of planning and volunteering from our cities' officials and residents. Many of our state officials are also to thank for taking their time to attend some of these events and help the communities attain funding to make some of it happen.

This appreciation extends even further and deeper for our past and present armed forces that have ultimately made all of these celebrations possible for us. Where would we be as a nation without them? We are the home of the free because of the brave.

The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States is what allows us as a community newspaper to do what we do and provide our residents with local news and local opinions. We acknowledge this right that has been given to us by the founding members of our nation and the men and women who fight everyday to keep our freedoms.

We hope this Independence Day was a safe and enjoyable one for each of you and please remember what we celebrate as we gather at this time of year.

Happy Independence Day, America and DeKalb County from the Times-Journal staff.

–Our View is the opinion of the Times-Journal’s editorial board, which includes Publisher Tricia Clinton-Dunne, Managing Editor Kayla Beaty and Business Manager Erinn Gilliam.

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