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.