My guy and I were at the Marine Base eating lunch today. One marine in front of us and one marine behind us were discussing their impending deployments to Afghanistan and also talking about a friend who is out injured because of the middle east war. Never in my life have I felt so unworthy to be in the presence of anyone. My guy said, "I feel honored to be eating lunch among them." I said, "we're so not worthy."
I used to think that I was really really giving myself, in my work as an ER nurse and also as a volunteer for the Diabetes Association and with High School kids seeking healthcare careers. I’d give my weekends, give my time and energy, give my knowledge. I thought, “I sure am a GIVER”. Boy, was I ever wrong.
Our military personnel are giving SOOOO much more over these past couple of years in the Middle East than most of us would or could ever give in our lifetimes, no matter how hard we tried.
They give years of their lives of service, give us years away from their children, years away from their spouses and loved ones, give up many of the daily conveniences that you and I take for granted (air conditioning, comfortable sleeping conditions, coming and going as we please, choosing what we want to eat for dinner, going to the movies, etc…). When they’re giving these things up, they’re giving us our Freedom. Some of them even give their lives for our Freedom.
You and I only walk around as a Free Americans today because of the sacrifices of these great american military people. I feel greatly honored and humbled because of this. Their greatness is the foundation, strength and spirit of our great country. And each and every one of our military personnel are true American Heroes. Our military personnel make me prouder now more than ever to call myself an American.
God Bless them and God Bless our country.