Monday, July 8, 2013

Safari #79: Boston's 4th of July Fireworks

Every 4th of July, I rally to find the perfect spot to watch Boston's fireworks.

This year, the view I found was different. In fact, it broke my heart.

Whatever your feelings about American politics, one fact will always ring true: we are fortunate. Part of what makes this possible are those who serve to protect and honor our freedom.

But when returning from service, the transition for veterans isn't always easy.  Shelter Legal Services (SLS), a non-profit law firm, helps to make that transition easier.  This year, SLS provided my view of the fireworks as a part of their yearly fundraiser.  The event allowed me to get closer to both the fireworks - and veterans.

While I stood there watching the fireworks explode, my heart swelled, my eyes watered, and my throat closed.  I couldn't breathe, and then I realized where all my emotion came from: I was proud.  I was thankful.

And I will always be.

My tips:
  • Attend the Fundraiser.  The event sells out every year, so make sure you inquire early about tickets.  Your ticket includes food, hors d'ouveres, and cocktails/soft drinks -  not to mention the view of the Esplanade fireworks.
  • Rather Make Your Own Plans for the 4th? No problem. Shelter accepts donations year round.  There is always a way for you to help.