We often celebrate with parades, picnics and fireworks.
Some Eagle River girls are taking time to honor our nation the entire summer, and they're doing it on horseback.
Jenna and Jessica team up to perform "Cowgirls and Gypsies- Salute to America"
The show features Gypsy Horses, Rex and Henry.
The horses are a rare breed.
Only about 4 thousand of them are in the United States.
Together they ride along to patriotic songs.
"We have the 'Star Spangled Banner,' which we have at the beginning to show that we respect our flag, and it's something that should be respected. Then we do, 'Proud to be an American', because we are very proud to be American, and then we do 'Color me America' for our finale," said Jenna Kukanich.
The girls and horses have been training together for 6 months.
This is the first year of the show.
"Watching them perform is just, amazing and to see that they really do love what they're doing is awesome," said mom Laura Bonson.
"Cowgirls and Gypsies" performed at the Vilas County fair this summer.
They'll be there again next year.
They are looking for more opportunities to perform.
MERRILL - For 32 years Battalion Chief Mike Drury walked into the Merrill Fire Department ready to save lives. Friday he walked out of the department for the last time to start the new phase of his life. "It goes fast it goes really fast," said Drury. Drury was about 18 -years -old when he walked into the Merrill Fire Department for the first time. "When you're 18, 19,20 years old and you're looking at 50 something years old you think you're never going to get there," said Drury.
Drury is one of 184 firefighters to ever work full time with the city of Merrill. "As a firefighter they spend a lot of time at the fire house so they miss a lot of things," said Drury's daughter Cassi. After 32 years of missing birthdays, holidays and family time Drury was ready for a change. "I realized I had enough this is a young man's job," said Drury. Friday afternoon Drury said goodbye to a room of men who merged and became family. "Not having that is a little scary I know they'll always be our family but it's hard to leave," said Cassi. Cassi watched her dad rush off to help his community since the day she was born. "It's scary because you hear about the times things don't go right or the times fire fighters don't come home," said Cassi.
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