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Wherever you are this Independence Day, know that our USO Family wishes you a happy and healthy holiday! The USO lifts the spirits of troops and their families millions of times a year at thousands of places worldwide, and we want to extend a special THANK YOU to all of those serving and all who have served.
In celebration, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite summertime and patriotic photos from the past seven decades - we hope you enjoy!
And as you gather around the grill or pull out the lawn chairs for fireworks, take a moment to remember the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform…Until Every One Comes Home.
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