www.wileyx.com Every 4th of July, Americans from every walk of life gather together to spend time with family and friends – enjoying picnics, parades, and of course, awe-inspiring fireworks displays.  Wiley X® Eyewear, a leading provider of protective eyewear for U.S. soldiers and law enforcement, wants all Americans to pause on this holiday to reflect on why it is and what it is we celebrate — the independence and freedoms we enjoy not only on this particular day, but every day of our lives.  As a veteran-owned company, Wiley X is keenly aware that our nation’s independence and our personal freedoms have been challenged and defended many times over the years — often by brave men and women far from home. “We gather on July 4th to celebrate the birth of our great nation,” said Myles Freeman, Jr. Co-Owner of Wiley X Eyewear. “However, we tend to think of Independence Day as an historical Holiday, a celebration of events that happened more than 200 years ago. We need to remember and celebrate the uniquely American freedoms we enjoy today — and the sacrifices required to preserve them for future generations. As modern technology lets us see more of what goes on around the world, we’re reminded that freedom should never be taken for granted,” added Freeman.  For more than 25 years, Wiley X has supplied its advanced vision protection systems to elite Special Forces military units in action around the globe. Wiley X tactical eyewear products meet stringent ANSI Z87.1-2003 High Velocity and High Mass Impact standards, protecting soldiers against a range of dangers and providing the clear vision and eye comfort necessary for them to perform their duties in challenging conditions. Wiley X is the only premium sunglass brand with this ANSI rating on every product it makes — providing every wearer with the same level of protection.  For more information about Wiley X’s full line of high performance eyewear for tactical, occupational and recreational use — visit Wiley X Eyewear at 7800 Patterson Pass Road, Livermore, CA 94550 • Telephone: (800) 776-7842 • Or visit online at .