There is no greater service to the nation than giving one’s life for one’s country. For those who gave what President Abraham Lincoln called in his Gettysburg Address the “last full measure of devotion,” the United States honors them on Independence Day.
Where Memorial Day — so named to honor those killed in the line of duty — was once observed with introspection and solemnity, Independence Day is celebrated with exuberance, as people head to beaches or lakes for recreational activities or host barbecues.
The day is capped off by watching a fireworks display. Some Americans, though, pause their celebration to remember a loved one who passed in the service of the nation or is presently on duty protecting our freedom and liberty.
This Independence Day, 24/7 Wall St. pays tribute to some of the most decorated war heroes in our nation’s history. We created our list from information obtained from the military branches as well as government sources.