Friday, July 8, 2005

Replay of September 11th

How ironic is it that I just typed my experiences with the terrorist attacks here in the States, only to have the UK attacked the following day? I spent a good portion of my day yesterday watching as the events unfolded in London. How could I not watch it? It was everywhere, on every channel. I had planned to write in my Blog about what it was that I found to support my Patriotism but was unable to do it yesterday. It just didn't seem right to me at the time. After pondering this, I realized, what better time actually. This is our closest ally. The ones who have stood by our Country no matter what pressure the elite media and the rest of Europe have put on them? I'll get more into that later.

What was it that gave me the chance to express and learn about patriotism? It was simple… I started supporting our troops. I found a great organization that offered Americans a chance to "adopt" a deployed Service Member. It has been the best experience of my life! It has opened so many doors for me that have offered me the opportunity to not only become a Patriot, but pass it on to others. Today, I directly support several deployed Service Members, speak at our local schools, hold fund raisers, sponsor Military non-for-profits, and many other things that I will list and get into more detail about later. My objective is to serve my Country in any way possible. It is my duty, is your duty, it is the duty of every American to find a way to serve America in any way they can. If you don't, then you can not call yourself a Patriot. You don't have to go to join the Military and serve on the front lines to Serve your Country. It can be something as small as sending a card to a wounded Soldier, holding a vigil in the privacy of your own home, or even lighting a candle for a Fallen Hero. Whatever you choose, just do something! What are some other small things one can do? Here are some ideas:

  • Fly an American Flag every day and learn about how to fly it correctly
  • Tie a yellow ribbon around a tree to show your support
  • Shake the hand a veteran
  • Write a letter to your local VFW to thank them for their Service
  • Go to a local cemetery, find a Veteran and put a small American Flag by their grave
  • Bring a home-baked item to your local PD or FD with a note of gratitude

These are just the beginning of things one can do to show they care about this great Country of ours. I will continue to list things as I go along. Ways to get your children involved and your communities. The bottom line is to step up! If you don't who will? Will you choose to sit back and let others do it for you? Say that to a Vet, or any other Public Servant, and I suspect you will feel different.

Dear Brave Brits: It with my deepest compassion that I send my condolences to your Nation. We in America understand all too well what occurred in London on 7-7-05. I am not surprised at your complete display of calm and collectedness. As I watched citizens of the UK walking slowly through the streets of London in order to find their way home, it was if I were watching New Yorkers walking home on 9-11-01. Determined, unfaltering, and unwilling to allow the terrorists to deter them from their lives. I am proud of each and every one of you. Remember, we stand with you all, side by side. Not just in this event, but on the battlefields in Afghanistan, Iraq and anywhere else. We may be divided by water but we stand United!

Patriotic Quote for Today:
A glorious death is his who for his country falls.
~Homer, Illiad XV

AP Photo of flags being lowered at G8 summit on 7-7-05

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