Monday, October 22, 2012

Patriotism

I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful day. I made the time this afternoon to take a long walk, and enjoyed the vibrant colors of the leaves and the bright, crisp air. What a gorgeous time of year!

A little while ago I read an article about a WWII veteran – many of you probably saw it as well because it has been all over the internet for several days. Even though he is in hospice care he made it a point to vote, no matter what. The story is touching, and his patriotism wonderful. Here is a link to the article: http://news.yahoo.com/photo-second-world-war-veteran-casting-ballot-captures-082154483.html

This also made me think of my father, who is a 92-year-old WWII veteran himself, and just about the most patriotic man I know! He proudly displays all his medals and mementos from his service, as well as the articles written about him and congratulatory birthday letters from dignitaries all the way up to the President. He was scheduled to go on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. next month, but has delayed it until next spring – when he’ll be 93 years old! I know the whole experience will be extremely touching for him, as it has been for all the veterans who have been able to take the trip to see their memorial. And he never fails to vote.

Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, these brave men fought for our right to cast our ballots. And many more men and women still serve all over the world today for our freedom to do so. The man in the article above – and my Dad – illustrate that there is no excuse for not voting.

And while I’m on this subject, I heard a recitation on the radio earlier by John Wayne called “America, Why I Love Her”, and it was very moving. You can view it on You Tube. Might be a good idea to have a tissue handy!

This post has been a little off my normal subjects, but was just in my head this afternoon. I hope you all celebrate this great country we live in, and be sure to vote.

As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome. And thanks for reading!

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