Peachtree City, GA (PressExposure) June 22, 2009 -- Americans are preparing to celebrate the Fourth of July, and even the tight economy hasnât dampened enthusiasm for the holiday. In a recent study conducted by the Kamaron Institute, 99 percent of respondents reported plans to celebrate the Fourth of July.
But some families will celebrate without a loved one, as a husband, mother, brother or sister serves in the military. Nearly three million Americans serve in the armed forces.
The sacrifices of the men and women in the armed forces do not go unnoticed. In the same study by the Kamaron Institute, 98 percent of respondents described themselves as âappreciative and thankful for the service and sacrifice of American military troops, their families and American veterans.â
In recognition of the Fourth of July, and all that military families sacrifice for their nation, the Kamaron Foundation is releasing a free, downloadable e-book, titled Casey and The Amazing Giant Green Shirt.
Casey And The Amazing Giant Green Shirt is a heartwarming fable about the power of words to change the world, showing adults and children how to succeed in school, life and relationships.
âCaseyâs story is a thank-you gift from our family to Americaâs extended military families,â explains Margaret Ross. Ross is founder of Kamaron Instituteâs Research Group and the Kamaron Foundation.
Casey and the Amazing Giant Green Shirt is a story for families to enjoy together, creating teachable parent-child moments. The book will be available for free download through Dec. 31, 2009, at http://www.kamaron.org/military.
The Kamaron Institute also found:
Of those reporting holiday plans, 37 percent planned picnics, barbecues or cookouts, 31 percent planned to attend fireworks, and 15 percent wanted to see a parade. Only 9 percent planned to take vacation time that week. Nearly one in three respondents (28 percent) own an American flag, and about the same number (27 percent) own patriotic apparel.
America has declared itself ready to celebrate and appreciate, and in keeping with that spirit of patriotism, the Kamaron Institute has provided a way to honor the U.S. military.
*About the study:
The Opinion Central 2009 July 4th Independence Day Intentions and Perceptions Survey was designed to gauge American adultsâ behavior and perceptions of U.S. Independence Day and perceptions of military troopsâ and familiesâ service to America. The survey was conducted for Opinion Central online within the United States by the Kamaron Institute June 12 â June 17, 2009.
Margin of error plus or minus 2.0 percent. 330 completed surveys. Respondentsâ gender: Male, 56 percent, female, 44 percent. Average household income: Less than $30,000, 22 percent; $30,000 - $49,999, 33 percent; $50,000 - $74,999, 33 percent; $75,000+, 11%.