Where to begin? Wow…in being truthful, I must admit that I was extremely selfish growing up. Only cared about myself. Didn’t appreciate ANYTHING, but expected EVERYTHING!!! Sound familiar? Hhhmmm…when did I start caring enough about others to consider myself patriotic? Yep, it was AFTER my car accident. When my life’s journey all began…
The Gulf War. Wow, this had such a huge impact on my life. I had a friend serving in the military at that time who had been deployed to the Middle East. I was in college then, studying to be an Occupational Therapy Assistant. I became obsessed. Watching the news, writing letters and sending care packages to my friend, Tim. All in conjunction with attending classes, studying, and maintaining my GPA. To mix things up a bit, I sent him a photo of my entire class posing with our “thumbs up” in support of all our troops risking their lives for our country. I had never felt such love for this great country and respect for the men and women fighting to defended it. And I will NEVER forget how deeply that affected me. Thankfully, that mission’s objectives were accomplished rather quickly. My FIRST sense of “Patriotism.”
My next, BIG sense of PATRIATISM came on……….9/11. I don’t even need to type any more. EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT THIS REFERS TO. “9/11” will ALWAYS be tied to that memory of the twin towers being struck by airplane missiles in New York City. Only to be followed by reports of another attack on the Pentagon in Washington. And the heroic downing of a fourth plane into a field, somewhere in Pennsylvania, as the “selfless” individuals of that flight #93 sacrificed their own lives to protect others. Tears well-up in both eyes as I re-call the events of that day. Our lives, our country, our world would NEVER be the same.
I love America, folks. As established by the United States Constitution. The America that we used to pledge allegiance to with PRIDE. Do we even still remember how it goes? Well, here’s a refresher:
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
There have been changes over the years. It has always, however, represented loyalty to our great flag. I LOVE THE AMERICAN FLAG, folks. My heart swells with pride every time I see one. The colors…red, white, and blue. The stars. The stripes. Oh, I can picture it now, blowing freely in the wind. And all I can say is: “GOD BLESS AMERICA!”