Remembering the reason for the 4th of July holiday season

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- The holiday weekend wraps up its reign of fireworks, lake trips, and barbecues all across the country. As we finish with all the fun, let's make sure that we also take a little time for reflection. It's vital to remember the reason for the season.

"I am with my boyfriend Rick and we just wanted to look at the statues, we've been talking about coming by and today just seemed to be a good day to do it," said Zelda Lanza.

Lanza made her way around the Huntsville-Madison County Veterans Memorial, pausing to pay tribute. Her second cousin was killed in Vietnam. "And my daughter, my oldest daughter Jessica served in Iraq 2008," she said.

For Lanza, celebrating the birth of our country means much more than just paper plates filled with baked beans. It's a time to reflect on what it truly means to be an American and thank those who sacrifice their lives so we can hold onto our freedom.

"Anyone that is a veteran or has taken care of our freedoms, it's important that we make sure they know its important to us and it matters," she said. "I think that it gets lost in some of the celebration but if you look on Facebook, which everybody does, there's always mention of people that have served and are currently serving for us now. So, we always want to mention that, even among the hot dogs and the hamburgers."