Sunday, November 11, 2007
I'm going to get on my soapbox for a moment. I love America. The fourth of July is my favourite holiday. There is something about the red,white and blue that stirs my soul. I feel grateful, proud and very humbled to be an American. At Thursday's football game, the band did a tribute to the armed forces for Veteran's Day. I was shocked and disappointed in the lack of respect show to the flag and to these veteran's. Here were men in their 80 and 90's who had answered the call to serve to protect the freedoms that we take for granted and enjoy today. They are unsung heroes who will never be considered great by the standards of men. Yet it was these everyday men who carried a nation on their back willingly and then spent the rest of their lives quietly working and strengthening the country they love. These are men who deserve our respect and admiration. When we fail to give it to them, that is truly when their service and those that paid the ultimate sacrifice was in vain. And yet I watched most of the stadium fail to do just that. They didn't take a moment from their all too important trying to impress those around them to honor not only the five men who were being on the field, but those in the audience who had server. When we should have given a standing ovation we choose to remain seated. And it isn't just to veteran's that this lack of respect is shown. I've watched people talk through the national anthem, say the pledge in another language and fail to rise as the flag rolls by. As I watch this happen I fear that we are becoming a nation that loves the benefits of freedom but one who is not willing to recognize the cost by which that freedom comes. So next time you see a veteran or watch the flag go by pause and remember what they have given you and give them the respect they deserve.