In Kemper County Saturday many residents gathered at the courthouse square to remember those who have gone on and those men and women of the armed forces that are continuing the fight.
It was a day of celebration through song, poetry and prayer for our serviceman and women and our country.
The late veteran Joe Williams of DeKalb earned the sonny Montgomery Patriot Award for his service in World War II.
Chief Master Jerome Jackson of the Air National Guard and his son Stephen served as the first father son duo to lay the wreath during this ceremony.
Congressman Gregg Harper was the guest speaker and he reflected on our freedoms and the gratitude Americans should have.
"And to go back and celebrate Independence Day and carry forward and let us know to never forget the responsibility we have to others that have gone before us," Third Congressional District Representative Gregg Harper said.
It was Harper's first Fourth of July speech and he says he was delighted to return back to the city where he first announced his run for congressman.