This week's "Photo of the Week" comes to us from the U.S. Consulate General in Milan, Italy and shows finger foods decorated with American flags at their Fourth of July celebration.
On July 4, 2012, Americans around the world joined together for backyard barbeques, family picnics, tug-of-war games, and fireworks to celebrate a day of independence.
At a barbeque celebration on the South Lawn of the White House, President Obama saluted members of the military and thanked them for their service and sacrifice to the country. President Obama said, “All the men and women who stand with us here this afternoon are an example of this generation of heroes -- this 9/11 Generation that has earned its place in history alongside the greatest generations. Because of your service and sacrifice, all of our troops are now out of Iraq. Because of your service and sacrifice, we took the fight to al Qaeda and we brought Osama bin Laden to justice. Because of your service and sacrifice, we're transitioning out of Afghanistan. We will remain ready for any threat. That is all because of you.”
President Obama continued, “America will always remember. We will always be there for you, just as you've been there for us. That's my promise. That is America's promise. And that is one that we pledge to fulfill on this Independence Day.”