Pat Tillman (left) and his brother, Kevin. Photo courtesy of the Tillman family.
The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. In most locations across the United States, the weather is warm and well-suited for a long day of barbecuing and relaxation. You have a license to kick back, drink a beer and watch the sky explode with colorful flashes of brilliance stretched across the night canvas.
I am mindful of the reason as to why Independence Day exists, however. It is a recognition of our departure from the imperial leanings of the British Empire. It stands as a reminder that a group of people must unite under a common cause in order to prevail against tyranny.
Today, our armed forces are the main reason as to why we can celebrate our nation's birthday in such splendor. We take this moment to thank all of them for their service and their protection.
Our fallen hero, Pat Tillman, was one of those soldiers. We at House of Sparky have long honored him with stories and remembrances. Here is a small sample of our coverage of Tillman over the past two years. To make a donation in Pat's memory, go to the Pat Tillman Foundation.
Pat Tillman, Arizona State University - House Of Sparky
Most stories lose their impact over time. Not Pat Tillman's. The ASU legend is still an inspiration seven years after his death.
Pat's Run: Saturday Sun Devil Recap - House Of Sparky
April 21, 2012 was a Sun Devil holiday.
100 Day Sun Devil Football Countdown To Kickoff, #94: Pat Tillman Wins 1997 Pac-10 Defensive POY - House Of Sparky
Our kickoff countdown continued with a Memorial Day special.
Pat Tillman Inducted into College Football Hall of Fame - House Of Sparky
Our fallen hero was honored once again with his 2010 induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Happy birthday, America. May you continue to rest in peace, Pat. Be safe today, friends. No drinking and driving.