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Ok, let's kick it into gear and talk about San Antonio. The Fourth of July Weekend is here and folks are celebrating. You can smell those barbque pits burning inside and outside of Loops 410 and 1604.

Independence Day is another way of saying Happy Birthday America. For those of you counting at home, America turns 233 years old this weekend. Man, that's a lot of birthday candles!

The Fourth of July gives us all an opportunity to remember and support our American soldiers fighting abroad. Our troops put their lives up on the line everyday just to protect our way of life.

At the start of the holiday weekend, newly elected San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro took a stand and signed several letters of support for Operation Care Drop.

Operation Care Drop is where San Antonians can give supplies and care packages to our troops fighting overseas. Mayor Castro, along with councilwoman Elisa Chan, endorsed the project at a special press conference. The project is sponsored by IBC Bank and HEB.

"San Antonio is known as military city USA," said Mayor Castro. "Thousands of San Antonians leave their love ones and the comforts of home to go defend our way of life. We can make a big difference in making sure they understand how much we appreciate their work."

Thousands of supplies have already been boxed and delivered to our troops. There is always room for more donations. Even writing a letter or short note of support would mean so much to our soldiers. Donations for Operation Care Drop end this weekend. But the drive for caring never stops. Besides Operation Care Drop, there is the USO and many other non profits that help our military. Seek them out and support their cause.

I am the father of an American soldier named Eric. Lets support him and all our troops by doing what we can.

San Antonio, our soldiers need our support. Let's use Independence Day Weekend as a spring board to show soldiers how much they are loved and appreciated year round.

Happy Birthday America! And thank you to all our sons and daughters who are fighting for our country!

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