Thursday, September 18, 2008
Yesterday, I logged on to FoxNews.com to see the headline that a CH-47 Chinook went down in Iraq. I was overcome with grief and sadness, as this was just a routine "moving" mission, not a combat one. All 7 on board were killed.
My brother Kenny is a CH-47 Pilot, who just returned from his second tour in Iraq. It could have so easily been him. I immediately called him crying to tell him I love him. After 14 years in the Army, he is so close to retirement, but also dreading the next deployment. Besides the two to Iraq, he's also done one in Afghanistan and two in Korea, when he was an Air Traffic Controller. During his tour in Afghanistan, he earned the Bronze Star.
As you can probably tell, I am extremely proud of my brother and a die-hard American Patriot. I love my country. I cry when I hear the National Anthem, as well as "God Bless the USA" by Lee Greenwood. And I understand so well the sacrifice that our soldiers make for each and every one of us to be able to post these blogs, argue about politics, and the fact that I can choose which brand of bread to buy at the grocery store.
The average American takes Freedom for granted. It's time we stand up and let the world know that Americans are NOT the evil spawn of the West. We were built on great ideas, passions, and drive to achieve our goals. We love our children, our families, and our religion. It wasn't until the 9/11 attacks that terrorism really entered the forefront of our minds. We're just trying to make it through each day, pay our bills in an increasingly expensive world, and live as we feel God would want us to. So if you are not already, get registered to vote right now, and make your voice heard on election day. Whichever candidate represents your views more clearly, cast your ballot. No more complacency!!