Feeling Proud

I can remember being in class about 5000 years ago when a couple members of the newspaper staff walked in.  They asked us if we would take a moment to write down our thoughts about the newly proposed holiday to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. 

I was surprised to find that my flippant, yet heart-filled words had been published in the next edition of the college newspaper.  (My new found fame was brief but heady.)  I had written something to the effect that nobody cared about all these memorial type of holidays, it was just a great reason to have a day off from school or work. 

I don’t know if it’s because of the chaotic times we are living in right now, or because I’ve matured.  It just seems that people are more aware and more caring.  Today, as I looked around at all the flags flying in my little town, as I see blog and Facebook posts thanking our Veterans for all they have done for us…well…my heart warms.  I’m really proud of us as a nation.

As the bumper sticker on the car in front of me on the way home said, we are “The land of the free, because of the brave.”   Thank you, once again, to all the vets and their families out there. 

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6 Responses to Feeling Proud

  1. Hilary says:

    Certainly, some of that growth of attitude is because of maturity. For us Canadians, it had been since Korea that we fought in a major war, and our youth could have easily started to drift from understanding the importance of remembering our heroes. But our schools have done an excellent job of helping make sure kids sense the urgency of honouring those who have fought, our Peacekeepers through the intervening and current years and now our soldiers in Afghanistan. Yours and ours will always remember.

  2. It really is a lot different than 20 years ago–I agree with you about it being wonderful to see all the people actually honoring veterans.

  3. Kathy says:

    I think that since 9/11 our country has gone through massive changes. Not all of them have been bad.

  4. Shaun says:

    Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.
    — Mark Twain

  5. Dennis P says:

    You know, I thought the same thing. I noticed a lot of outpouring support for our troops yesterday for Veteran’s Day. More than usual I thought. I think it’s great that people are really coming to the realization that without our armed forces, we would not exist as a nation. The greatest nation in the world that is! I think is has something to do with the wars/conflicts we have experienced in the last decade in the middle east. At least something good has come out of those wars.