It was such a blessing to be a part of the Military Missions fundraiser event on the 4th of July at Saul Good. I was reminded this weekend of the true American spirit…. rally, support, encourage for a common purpose and greater good. Certain moments stand out and have stuck with me and I want to share the two most significant ones. One in particular is one I will never forget. It was the first and most powerful that came at the start of the event. Two women were waiting for the restaurant to open to come inside and dine specifically to support Military Missions. As I began to chat with these ladies, I discovered one of them was a Marine Mom who had lost her son in Iraq. As she shared that, you could see the loss and sadness of her heart written all over her face. As I shared my husband had served in Iraq, me being me, instinctually gave her a hug and told her we Marine women have to stick together. She smiled and laughed and agreed. Myself and the other women working the event thanked her and her companion for coming out and showing their support.
I know that coming out, on the 4th of July, to an event to raise awareness and money for an organization focused on supporting deployed military troops wasn’t easy for this Marine Mom. That day & even now, every time I think of her my eyes tear up. Her son gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms and way of life we enjoy….. He died so that we can continue to celebrate Independence Day. How fitting on that day this Mom honored her son by setting aside her heartache to show support for a cause that does something to provide support for other servicemen and women just like him, who are continuing to fight the good fight for freedom. At this point I’m having to truly fight back going off on a tangent about those ignorant souls who burn and desecrate the American flag. I’m enraged when I think about it. I think about this Marine Mom. Her son gave his life for that flag and what it represents. That Marine’s family forever has a hole in their heart from the loss of no longer being able to hug him or watch him live out a long full life. Yet there are those who dare dishonor this country and those brave warriors just like that Marine who have given everything in support and protection of that flag. Cry freedom of speech all you want, but I call it treason. If you hate this country so much and are so disgruntled by what that flag stands for that you feel justified in burning it, then get out!! Renounce your American citizenship and go live in another country! Okay, maybe I didn’t do so well refraining from a soap-box tangent! It’s truth and, I believe, truly how most Americans feel.
Back on track… The second noteworthy moment from the event came when three veterans came out to dine, again specifically to support the MM fundraiser. Turns out these veterans had received MM care-packages and wanted to give so that other troops could enjoy the packages like they had. Wow! Talk about a “pay it forward” moment!
Although overshadowed and many times eclipsed by the thick cloud of negative ignorance and media hype, the true American spirit, love of country and of others is still alive and well in the United States. I saw it lived out loud all day Saturday, July 4th, 2015. I love this country, I believe in the freedoms, rights (including the right to bear arms), and Biblical principles she was founded on. Let us NEVER take America and our freedom for granted. Let us NEVER forget the sacrifice of so many to ensure that freedom and America lives on. Let us never bow down to any entity, whether foreign or domestic, that would attempt to take those rights or destroy this country. “We the people” are this country and it’s up to us to ensure her survival.