Patriotic holidays have always had additional significance in my family, because my parents’ wedding anniversary is on Flag Day and my grandparents’ wedding anniversary is on the Fourth of July. This sweet coincidence began by accident, because my grandmother and her sisters worked in a family-owned dry cleaner’s shop and could only have their weddings on days the business was closed, which infused these holidays with even more cause for celebration. Beyond barbeques and fireworks, so many of my summer memories are filled with celebrations of the love I was born from.

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This perfect pair is celebrating 27 years of marriage today.

Every summer, after the grill was lit and the sparklers were unboxed, we celebrated our love for each other and our country. These sweet, patriotic anniversaries usually featured celebratory red, white, and blue cakes decorated with whipped cream, strawberries, and blueberries. For my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary, my mother even made them a matching corsage and boutonniere featuring the same patriotic palette.

In my family, as well as many others, celebrating love and successful marriages is synonymous with the American dream. Watching these relationships deepen over the course of my life exemplified classic American values of hard work and commitment, as well as the freedom to choose partners and build families exactly how we see fit.

Today, we toast to this soil and to everything that has grown here.

-Anna, Associate Marketing Manager- Content

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