Sincerely, With All My Heart, Thank You
I tear up every time I hear the national anthem. Even if someone doesn't know the words. There is just something about it's symbolic meaning that gets to me. I also feel honored every time I am in the presence of someone in military uniform. Not because I want or wanted to be in the military (although I was for a very BRIEF moment... but that's another story), but because they selflessly signed up to die for their country. That is obviously not their end goal, to die, but, they know going into it, that it is a possibility.
How lucky we are to be American citizens. To have freedom of speech, to wed whomever we want (or even have that discussion), to read books, to have access to education and clean water. Or even more simpler things like arguing about the color of cups, or being free to decide for ourselves how we do our hair or dress, or even watching our favorite shows.
We take all of this for granted. EVERY SINGLE DAY. But, it's days like today where we can sit and greatly appreciate everything we have because of the men and women who fought for us. We can appreciate our freedom, our country, our families and friends, and above all, life. Whether we are for or against war and the military is beside the point today. Today, we say thank you to those who have risked their lives, their families, their limbs, their health, their sanity... for us. They risked everything for people they don't even know. I am one of those people and I stand and tip my hat to each and every one of you. As tears roll down my face I cannot thank you enough for the sacrifices you have made. There are not enough words.
Until next time, namaste.