Happy 246th Birthday America!

Ready to celebrate the fourth – and yes, that’s an original Charles Weiss painting of Old Glory on the wall – best artist ever!

July 4th is the Super Bowl of summer holidays, and I for one am ready! Fort Bend has a plethora of fun, family-friendly opportunities to celebrate America’s birthday, and we are bringing them all to you on page 22. With the long holiday weekend, I hope you and your family can enjoy a couple of these firecracker events!

I’ve always loved the 4th of July, but after meeting and spending time with Colonel Trever Nehls learning about his 30 plus years of military service to our great country, I must confess I love this holiday just a little bit more.  In my opinion, there’s no amount of “thank you’s” that will ever be sufficient to express our gratitude to the men and women who selflessly defend our great nation. They are all heroes in my book. Meet Colonel Nehls and read about what’s next in his long line of service in our cover story.  And thank you to him and all of our service men and women on our nation’s birthday that we are free to celebrate because of them.

As we celebrate our nation’s birthday, it’s also a great time to remember our hard-fought freedom and the genesis of our national anthem. Pete Olson shares Francis Scott Key’s journey in writing The Star-Spangled Banner in his column on page 24. In sharing Key’s story, Pete says, “America would win the War of 1812, and we would forever have the most beautiful, inspiring and glorious national anthem the world has ever known!”  I couldn’t agree more.

Happy Birthday America!

Stay focused,