As I stepped out of the house tonight to go watch the community fireworks I was struck with the low rumble of dozens of families setting off their own fireworks. It sounded like what I imagine a real war zone sounds like, and left me with an eerie sensation as I watched the whole program. I am blessed to live in a country where the ambience of warfare are a novelty. Not everyone is so fortunate. It is good to be reminded of this every year. Fireworks are spectacular and thrilling, but they are also a reminder of what independence costs.