As you have noted, I have been slack in writing on my blog. My apologies to those of you who read it. Since my last post, I have been out of state twice visiting with family, and I am out of state now working and vacationing. This post isn’t about etiquette. It is, however, about an important topic. This fourth of July was probably the best one I have ever experienced. I was with some family members and friends in The Villages, FL. We had so much fun being together, eating good food, listening to great music, dancing, and participating in Fourth of July events.
This was truly a patriotic 4th with golf carts decorated, people sporting red, white, and blue, bands playing patriotic songs, honor guards waving flags, etc. Whenever any patriotic song was played, I got goose bumps epecially when “Proud To Be An American” was played. It has been a long time since I have witnessed so many people showing their patriotism by standing and singing songs about our country. That was one of the things that made this so special to me.
The other thing that made this so special to me is the following story. My best friend’s son is serving in the marines in the new insurgence in southern Afghanistan. On the 4th, his company , one of 200 that had arrived in southern Afghanistan, was bogged down in a heavy fight with the Taliban. Every time one of our favorite patriotic songs was played, all I could think about was this young man who is being so brave and courageous for us. It gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes. I have always been patriotic and think about all the service men and women who keep us safe. However now having someone close to my family being in harm’s way brought everything much closer to home. I wanted to stand and sing out loud when our favorite patriotic songs was played. It made me definitely feel very Proud to be an American!
After a long week of worrying and not hearing any word from this young man, I was extremely relieved to hear today that he is alive and well. His company made it through that very tough fight and right now they are fighting the heat. I offer all of our service people and their families my gratitude for their selfless acts of courage. I also pray that they will be returned home safely.
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