Looking Forward: Next Thursday our great nation turns 243. While the Fourth of July provides us with an excellent opportunity to fire up the grill and celebrate with friends and family, let’s not lose sight of what an important day this is for our country and our freedom. The Fourth represents not only all that we have accomplished as a country, but should also serve as a powerful reminder of what it took to get us here. This Fourth of July (and everyday) I encourage us all to thank the men and women who have defended our independence.