Americans all over the country took today to honor patriotism and freedom.
Fourth of July kicked off Thursday in the Coastal Bend with a solemn tribute at Sherrill Park.
Community members gathered to commemorate 243 years since our nation declared its independence.
Patriotic music set the tone for an observance that celebrated not just our nation's birthday, but the sacrifices of those who have fought to keep America Free.
Among the special guests were a group of Gold Star mothers.
Their loved ones gave their lives for our nation.
One of the guest speakers was a Marine veteran of the Korean War.