South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg was a long way from home this 4th of July. He is deployed in Afghanistan and missing South Bend's celebrations, but that didn't stop him from sending a greeting to his hometown.
The mayor recorded a video, which played at Four Winds Field Friday night. He sent the message, not as a mayor, but as a lieutenant in the U-S Navy Reserve.
Click above to play the mayor's message. Transcript of video is as follows:
"Hi everybody. This is Lieutenant Pete Buttigieg, coming to you from Afghanistan again. I wish I could be there with you to celebrate July 4th. We always do a great job celebrating Independence Day in South Bend, and I know this year is going to be no exception.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank South Bend and everybody there being so supportive, not just of me, but of everybody serving around the world right now. It makes a huge difference to everyone serving abroad to know that we have folks back at home thinking of us and supporting us.
In the same way I'm thinking of you and, in particular, admiring the way neighbors are helping neighbors get through the aftermath of the storms that hit our city earlier this week.
With that in mind, I hope everyone has a fun safe and terrific 4th of July holiday. I cannot wait to be there in person, back in South Bend later on this fall."