I am a frequent flier with an airline that always allows members of the military to board with the first group. I see young men and women, usually with military issue backpacks walk down the jetway. I have a nephew that is in a very elite military unit. He has deployed various times.
I stand in awe of what is done by these people. While the reason for service is as varied as those who serve, the bottom line is that is is selfless. I cannot help but be moved with the many accounts I have read about willingness to truly sacrifice, at all levels, even to the ultimate sacrifice of life.
I am writing this as I fly to our daughter’s graduation. As a citizen of this country, I can drive anywhere I want. I can fly anywhere I want. I can pretty well do anything I want, because I live in a country that allows that. I have lived overseas in countries that are not like that, to the degree that we enjoy. And it is not until I travel outside the country that I am again reminded of that fact. I am not saying that we are the best in the world. I am fully aware of the struggles that we are currently facing in many areas of our nation.
With with this short post, I am not making a political comment or anything close. What I am doing is stating how grateful I am for over two hundred years of sacrifice by simple and ordinary people who “more than self their country loved and liberty more than life”.
I only know some of you, but I am profoundly grateful for all of you and what your cumulative sacrifices allow me to do.
Might this Memorial Day be one of reflection and appreciation for you, our readers.