The Fourth of July is always full of fantastic fireworks, rousing parades, family picnics and barbecues.
But, before all of that, veterans in Milford took the time to honor those who have fought for our freedom.
A wreath laying ceremony was held on Friday, which was a tribute to soldiers of the Revolutionary War who have lost their lives in the city.
A "British ship during the revolution, on January 1, 1776, dropped anchor in Milford by Gulf Beach and pushed 200 American prisoners of war off into the water," said Tom Beirne, of Milford.
The British kicked the American captives off because they had smallpox. Some found their way to land and were cared for by Milford Capt. Steven Snow.
He and 46 soldiers died of the disease, and their names are now etched into a stone.
"You have to appreciate the fact that they did it for themselves and for us, because they knew they wanted to build something, the founding fathers," Beirne added.
Now, the site serves as a place to honor all of those who have served the country those soldiers helped to start.
"We need to support our veterans, and if we don't support them, nobody does," said Lee Murray, of Milford.
The monument to those lives lost during the Revolutionary War always holds special meaning here in Milford, but some veterans groups say it does even more this year because it is their 375th anniversary.
"There's a synergy there, and it makes today, every Fourth of July is a special day, but today's an extra special day," said Tom Flowers, of Milford's Veterans Ceremony and Parade Commission.
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