With all the talk this month about Al Queda and Bin Laden its hard not to feel a sense gratitude to our men and women serving bravely to preserve the freedoms we hold so dear. In fact, just this morning my daughter, completely out of the blue, stood at attention and began to recite the pledge of allegiance to the family dog, and while my first inclination was to chuckle just a bit I couldn't help but to bask in a quick moment of pride. Pride not only for my daugther but pride in being an American and living in a country that not only values individual freedoms but one that also has such great admiration and appreciation for our servicemen and servicewomen.
Our soldiers fight bravely, sacrifice their time away from family, and endure situations many of us can hardly imagine to ensure that all Americans have the basic security and freedom that we've come to rely on. I am comforted when I see shows like Lifetime TV's Coming Home featuring happy soldiers and elated families being reunited. I also can't help but think of those soldiers for whom coming home may not be as joyous an occasion -- The soldiers who've lost their sight, hearing or been injured another way in the line of duty. Again, I am comforted to know that this is a country that takes care of their soldiers. I am thankful for organizations like The Wounded Warrior Project, The Paralyzed Veterans Foundation, and Blinded Veterans Association that dedicate their time and resources to making this transition as easy as possible, not only for the soldiers, but also for the families they are returning to. I am proud to be part of a nation that cares so deeply for these men and women who care so deeply for our country and for their countrymen.
So this Memorial Day as my daughter and I watch the customary fireworks over Sugarhouse pond, I'll be thinking of these brave men and women that give so much for our freedoms and happiness. And wishing on each burst as if it were a shooting star that they should find comfort and normality in their daily lives and know how very much we Americans appreciate all that they have done for us.
Posted by: Michele L. Paley, Product Manager for EnableMart
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