Because ... My son took the last flight into Mineta San Jose, and so it was just around 11:30pm that he set foot inside the front door of the one and only home he has ever known (a small home with a very large backyard, 3 cats and 1 faithful old mutt, Rosie), after returning from his deployment in Afghanistan. His best friend G., who had recently completed his active duty at the beginning of 2010 after serving two tours in Iraq, had asked if he could accompany my husband and I to pick up J. at the airport. He had not seen J. in three years, although they had managed to stay in touch over the years. We all stayed up into the wee hours of the morning talking ... well, mostly it was my husband and I listening and the two Marines talking, and laughing ... and periodically awkwardly pausing when emotions needed to by reigned in, held tightly to their manhood. I realized that neither young man would ever be the same. I realized that the boys who had not so many years earlier stayed up all night playing video games in the garage, drinking way to much soda and eating way too many chips in the process where now just a memory, a dog-eared page maybe revisited in the distant future or maybe not. I, as a mom, still weep for their lost innocence, and will weep from this day forth about the "things" they saw which they will never tell me. Why Old Glory Parade? Old Glory Parade because while our sons and daughters, husbands and wives ... our brothers and sisters ... our American Military men and women are far from the steps of their own front doors, far from the cool breeze wafting through their kitchen window, far from the touch of their loved ones fingertips, we should always be mindful that our troops need to know that we are a people united by freedoms held precious and protected by sacrifice. From coast to coast, from each of the 50 states, comes our proud men and women of the Armed Forces. For them, I say celebrate our commonality and find the greater significance in what we share alike rather than in what we hold in difference. As of February 20, 2011 ... American casualties of OIF and OEF number 5,885. For those still serving at home and abroad, for those who served and sacrificed, let us at home try to march along together, in step for some part of our day. That's why Old Glory Parade ... celebrate the good ... and give a handshake and a nod of thanks to our sons and daughters who serve under Old Glory.
I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually. -- James A. BaldwinAs the politicians gear up to run for office it is our time to criticize those in charge.Â We need to tell them how unhappy we are or how happy we are with them by paying attention to them.Â By listening to what they have to say so that next year we can vote appropriately.Â Remember, voting is the best for of criticism for a politician.Â It tells them they have done a job worthy of a re-election or they have done a crappy job worthy of the boot. Love America.Â Make a decision on who you want to run this country and then vote.
The Boot Campaign would like to invite you to a Virtual Memorial to remember the 30 service men that were killed when their Chinook helicopter was shot down on August 6th.Â All they ask is for you to do three things.Â So are you attending?
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Thursday August 25 is the day slated for the national memorial to the 30 lives lost in the helicopter crash in Afghanistan on August 6th.The Boot Campaign is asking you to "attend" a virtual memorial service to honor these heroes by doing 3 simple things: 1. CHANGE YOUR PROFILE PIC NOW THROUGH THURS AUG 25th - make your profile pic the "Remember 30" logo on this page. 2. WEAR YOUR BOOTS ON THURS AUG 25th- wherever you go, wear your own boots and tell people who ask why you have them on. Purchase your own Give Back Boots here: http://bit.ly/agybo Proceeds from all boots sales in August are being given to the United Warrior Survivors Foundation, providing mentoring and practical help for surviving spouses of special forces troops killed in action. 3. SHARE THIS EVENT ON FACEBOOK & TWITTER - get as many Americans as possible to change their profile pic and wear their boots. Please visit https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=204306376292598 andÂ choose "attending" and leave a comment if you will be part of the "virtual memorial" by doing these 3 simple things.