I recommend watching this movie as the 4th of July approaches. It brings back to home what the holiday is about.
Then, coincidentally, me and my hubby and my 2 step-sons went to a Patriotic fireside-program on Sunday evening. It was a lump in the throat experience as former football star, Steve Young, introduced Senior Airman Michael Malarsie, who was injured in Afghanistan in early January.
Here is a quote from yesterday's newspaper article about the evening:
"Malarsie joined Young at the podium and talked about losing his comrades as well as his eyesight to an IED blast. His voice caught as he recounted the loss, but his gratitude was genuine as he thanked the friends and strangers that held him up.
"I would not change a single thing," Malarsie said, noting that it was even through the accident that he met Jesse, his wife of two days. The audience stood to salute the soldier as he shuffled with a walking cane back to his seat. Young then closed with the question: "How will each of us, in the privacy of our own hearts and own souls, answer the question, 'How am I going to treat those around me?' "
Later in the program, two young men were honored:
Lance Cpl. Nigel K. Olsen, 21, of Orem, Utah, died March 4 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, based out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Lance Cpl. Carlos A. Aragon, 19, of Orem, Utah, died March 1 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, based out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.
A flag folding ceremony was performed and the two flags were given to the mothers of the brave fallen servicemen, Lance Cpl. Nigel K. Olsen and Lance Cpl. Carlos A. Aragon.
My heart aches for these mothers. I honor them and their sons. They have been on my mind and in my heart constantly since Sunday night. I hope I don't ever forget them for the great sacrifices they have made.
They represent what the 4th of July is all about.
So many great men (and of course their mothers) have made ultimate sacrifices for our free country. Let's pray to God that we will do all we can to keep it that way.
FREEDOM, LIBERTY, and the Pursuit of HAPPINESS