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Service members celebrate Independence Day at the U.S.O.

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This Independence Day, the U.S.O. at the airport saw a surge of military members. It was because of grounded flights and vacation time.

Bareknuckles BBQ served up some delicious grub.

"It makes me feel like I'm at home kind of," Marine Private Jonah Barth said. 

Many of the military members passing through, are spending their first 4th as active duty.

"It means more to me than it did being a civilian. You have a brotherhood now. To me I have a brotherhood with the Marines, and I'm very thankful for the Marines that came before me," Barth said.

They may be celebrating this Fourth of July with a traditional spread, but this holiday holds a special significance.

"It used to just mean barbecuing and getting around with the family, a 4-day weekend, but now it's special because there's a lot of history in the Army, and when you join, you learn that history and feel you're a part of that history," Army Private James Lopez said.

The troops want people to remember why we celebrate Independence Day. 

"Fourth of July means to me the birthday of America, and just freedom," Army Private Samiano Juan Carlo said.

And it's because of the sacrifice given, and in honor of our country, Bareknuckles BBQ answered their own call of duty when the U.S.O. made a plea for someone to donate the meal.

"It's our duty and our job to support these guys that support us all over the world in all their endeavors," "Big Jim" Stancil said.

"I didn't even know we'd get special treatment like this, and I'm just shocked," Juan Carlo said.

The U.S.O. provides members of the military with a place to relax, and a hot meal. They also gave troops pillows for the plane. 

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