I remember being on leave from the Navy for the very first time. I was at the Ventura County Raceway watching the car races. When the National Anthem was being played and the American Flag was driven around the track, I got a lump in my throat. For the first time, those colors waving in front of my eyes, took on a whole new meaning. A tear rolled down my face as pride filled my soul. I was now defending my country, so that all these people in the stands could enjoy the freedom that we all have come to expect. Those were no longer just strips of different colored fabric put together and called a flag. It was a symbol that represented what we as Americans hold dear.
Today I honor all the men and women who have lost their lives defending our country. I also honor all those men and women who served their country during times of war and peace. For being prepared is just as important as actual battle. We have to be ready at a moments notice to carry out orders handed down to us from above without question or hesitation. All jobs in the military, from Special Forces all the way down to the barbers, have an important role and duty to perform.
To Veterans everywhere, I salute you!