It's one one our favorite things to do every year as we celebrate America's birthday and we can't do it without you and your stroies of the brave men and women in the Armed Forces.

Beginning at 6 a.m. on Friday, July 2nd and continuing all through Independence Day on WGNA, Brian and Chrissy will be honoring some of the local men and women in our military who may be away from their families while protecting our freedom back home.  How would you like to honor the veteran in your life?  We'll be airing special shout-outs, messages and personal stories from family members who want to honor the military hero in their family. It's Brian and Chrissy's Salute To The Troops and we hope to be able to share your story on the radio as well as showcasing photos of these heroes all throughout the 4th of July weekend at WGNA.com.

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Simply fill out the information below (in 107 words or less) a tell us about the hero in your life you would like to salute on the 4th of July.  It could be your mom, dad, neighbor, friend, relative, mentor, or loved one.  They could be overseas right now, or right here in our backyard.  It would be our honor to read some of these personal stories on the air and we may even be able to record your message for that special person to be played on GNA.  We'll also feature pictures of heroes on our WGNA website.

All of us here at GNA hope you have a happy and safe 4th of July, and to the families of military personnel and to the soldiers themselves, we say thank you and Godspeed.

Brian & Chrissy

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.