Barbara's post yesterday about the state of the world got me thinking....about the state of world.
Sometimes when I listen to the news, I wonder how I ended up living in a country that cherishes freedoms while others end up in countries with regimes that cherish oppression. I wonder what cosmic eenie-meenie-miney-mo game determines where each soul ends up. And I wonder how I got so lucky.
It is my good fortune, thanks to the determination and sacrifices of the men and women who founded the nation on the hopes of freedom for all.
Before you scold me for glossing over our own moments of shame, I haven't forgotten them, but that's not what this post is about. This post isn't about the politicians who have cut deals and terrible compromises over the decades to appease one party's ideology over another's. I can't change the past. I can only teach my children to do and be better and to try to be better myself.
This post is about those individual men and women who serve selflessly today, and about those who have laid down their lives so that I can live mine.
In my stories, I write about fictional heroes, and I get caught up in their make-believe worlds. In those worlds, the bad guys go away when my last page is written.
Not so for our real-world heroes. They can't just close a book to change the horrors of what they face. I don't stop to think about them, to thank them, as often as I should.
So this Thanksgiving while I sit at the table with my loved ones, I'll be saying a prayer for those serving around the world to keep us safe.
Just for fun, here's a compilation of some of those heroes. They make me smile, and weep a little. They make me remember all I have to be grateful for.
I hope you enjoy.
In this clip, country singer Toby Keith (a big, big supporter of the military) brings a young Army wife on stage to sing American Soldier with him, and to give her a nice surprise.
Here, singer Pink performs a beautiful ballad with her dad, a Vietnam vet, who also wrote the song. What a lovely moment.
In this one, the Cadet Glee Club of West Point performs "The Longest Day," written about D Day. It's long, but the beginning that features an audio recording of Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force, giving a pep talk to the troops, is so moving. I can't imagine what they must feel listening. (If you've never seen the movie, check it out.)
Wishing you and yours a joyous Thanksgiving, filled with the love and laughter of family and friends.