The national anthem gives me goosebumps. Despite everything that is happening with so much divide, strife, and negativity, I still believe in the idea of America. As a United States veteran, independence is something I celebrate everyday. As a business owner, our freedom to do business and make decisions for ourselves is something I celebrate everyday. So this 4th of July, let’s celebrate what freedom and independence mean to us, our families, and our community!
Freedom to Celebrate
In my veteran-led business, Independence Day is a time for celebration. Veterans are certainly patriots, but they are not the only people that have committed (at least) parts of their lives in service to the USA. Police, teachers, firefighters, social workers, Peace Corp volunteers, and others are all patriots living in service to our country. We celebrate all those patriots!
As Americans, we are also blessed to enjoy a fascinating mix of traditions from around the world. As a Mexican restaurant, we are proud to be part of a rich, cultural tapestry thousands of years old. But Mexican food is not just about deep-rooted tradition and family recipes. It’s about a shared experience that brings us together, eliminates boundaries, and makes us all more human and better Americans.
I invite you to celebrate with us! It doesn’t matter if you are celebrating the fact that you are an independent spirit, love everything about our great country, or just want to party with your favorite people— what the 4th of July means to you is up to you. But whatever it is, let’s celebrate. And let’s celebrate together!
Kori McClurg, Melita’s Table Owner