I had to make a real post today. A post that didn’t rant and rave or just show photos was needed. Here’s what I have to say.
Yesterday was Veteran’s Day, the day we show our gratitude to those who have served and continue to do so for the very freedoms we take for granted. I chose to extend that feeling through today.
I may not agree with everything our country does, but I will always be proud of this country. We are the first into natural disasters like the tsunami in Haiti and in Japan more recently. We not only brought in rescue teams, but supplies for those who needed them most. I remember when Mexico City had the massive earthquake in 1985. It was our search and rescue teams from the outside to assist in the efforts. We were first on scene.
We are one of the superpowers of the world and, yet, we are the youngest of all of those. With all the economic problems we have today, we are still here. We have survived wars, including one that could have torn us apart forever, but it only served to make us stronger.
What, do you ask, brought about this post? Well, I’ll tell you.
I was watching “Extreme Makeover, Home Edition” last night and they were focusing on our vets. One story has always made me proud of our soldiers enough to bring tears to my eyes. His name is Jason Thomas.
Jason was a Marine in Iraq. He came home without major injuries but continued to assist other Marines in his area that needed additional help. On 9/11, Jason, who was no longer an active Marine, put on his uniform and went to Ground Zero. He said he knew no one would stop him because of that very uniform. When asked why he did that, his answer was simple. “I’m a Marine. I have to go. It’s my duty”.
It is that sense of loyalty to our country that I find absolutely beyond words. Jason not only did this act of duty on his own, he is also responsible for finding the last two living Port Authority police officers during the rescue efforts.
On the same terrible day, retired Master Sgt. Max Beilke was working in the Pentagon. Master Sgt. Beilke was the last U.S. combat soldier to leave Vietnam. He lost his life on 9/11 still fighting for other veterans.
These examples are what I am most proud of in this country. Those that give so you and I can write what we want to, drive what we want to, and most importantly, live the way we want to.