For some neighbors in the Valley, Independence Day was an emotional day to remember how far we have come as a country.
The Fourth of July is not just about the red, white and blue.
For many, it is a day to celebrate but for others, like William Southers it is a day to remember. Southers served in the U.S. Army for nine years.
"I actually had one of my close friends, he passed away right near me in Iraq so it's a very difficult day but we get through it as being together," said Southers.
Together, many people in Harrisonburg found ways to honor the true meaning of this holiday.
"To hear the Declaration of Independence read is a stunning experience,” said a Valley neighbor. “It's such a bold document and it affirms humanity and human rights beautifully."
Another neighbor said they started their day by reading the document.
"To begin my day I read the version of the Declaration on today's Daily News Record, so that got my day off to a good start."
It's a day to celebrate independence and give thanks to those who fought for it.
"Let's be thankful for all the veterans and all the guys who are fighting and serving in this war and hope that they'll soon be home please," said a Fourth of July celebrator in Harrisonburg.
Being thankful for those serving our country is something Southers was happy to see.
"It brings a good feeling to my heart because I know there are people who have served along with me and to see the community celebrate independence on this day. It's very good," said Southers.
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