Have you ever listened to the third verse of America the Beautiful?
It’s the one after the purple mountains majesty and the fruited plain and the pilgrim feet.
It’s the amazing one.
And it’s my favorite:
“O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life.”
Stop for a moment and take those words in.
The poignant truth written in every line….
….”who more than self their country loved”.
Those incredible brave men and women who sacrificed so much.
Soldiers and sailors and airmen and marines that faced almost insurmountable odds and overwhelming challenges…..
…..so that you and I could laugh and live in a land where freedom reigns.
So today, on the eve of Veteran’s Day, I want to celebrate my handsome twinkly-eyed veteran who years ago stood at attention on the deck of his ship with his head held high….
….and bravely sailed off to face dangers unknown.
I’m so incredibly proud of him and everyone who has ever served our country.
I salute each and every one of you.
And like so many military families….here are a few chapters in our story:
“America, America, God shed his grace on thee
And crowned thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.”
Happy Veteran’s Day.