Fourth of July celebrations across the country celebrated both the nation's history and its brave servicemembers, and one particularly high-profile event paid tribute to military families. President Barack Obama welcomed soldiers and their families to the White House for a barbecue, concert and fireworks to show them their service does not go unnoticed, ABC News reports.
The event had all the features of a typical July Fourth celebration, from hot dogs and hamburgers to music provided by country sensation Brad Paisley. However, the party had a greater meaning, as evidenced by Obama's remarks to those in attendance.
"I want you all – our men and women in uniform, our veterans and their families – to know this: America will always remember," he told the crowd, according to the website. "We will always be there for you, just as you've been there for us. That’s my promise. That is America's promise."
While some military families may have been separated this Independence Day, that may no longer be the case in the near future. As the withdrawal from Afghanistan continues, around 33,000 soldiers stationed there should be home by September, The Baltimore Sun reports.