My son was telling me how at school they refer to September 11th as “America Day.” I then asked him if he knew why, and if they talked about what happened that day at school. He said they didn’t, so I had to find an honest, yet non scary way to explain what happened. I told him how we honor that day for the Americans that died, and the Americans that risked and gave their lives to help others – that’s the heart of what makes America strong. We have come a long way from our previous troubles to this point of unity, even though we have an even longer way to go in a lot of our issues. This day always weighs on me because I remember so vividly when it happened, and the panic that surrounded the major event. I always hope for my peers, and the next generation we move to a more peaceful and tolerant time. We are all in this together.
Remember to keep those directly affected, and those still suffering in your thoughts and prayers. Also keep our brave service men and women fighting on a daily basis to protect us.
It’s Independence day here in the US and most people are doing the bbq thing, worrying about how much food they should or shouldn’t cook. I want to take a moment to remind us to remember what this day is really in celebration of and how much further we need to go in American and as Americans. Equality is still being fought for, as is maintaining our freedom by those overseas and stationed here within the US borders. It’s not a day to worry about how many Pinterest ideas you have for an American flag dessert or table scape; remember those who we have lost, are losing to PTSD and those who are braving the choice by enlisting.
For those sitting around enjoying a day off, reach out to those who may not have family in the area. Fellowship with your neighbors, or make a new friend today.
Happy 4th of July everyone! Stay safe, thankful and free.