Thank You Isn’t Enough

27 May

This American flag flies outside my home on Memorial Day as a way to remember.

Around My Home, we fly the American flag on Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and several other times a year. It’s one way we can publicly display gratitude for our troops.

I am able to experience many enjoyable moments during this three-day weekend: grilling in the backyard, getting in some much-needed rest, and spending time with my family. I am able to enjoy these things and relax in relative safety, thanks to the men and women who have fought to defend this country that I love.

My uncle served in the Air Force, my brother was in the National Guard and now serves as a police officer, and my grandfather was a firefighter for more than 20 years. Although I know that the fire department is not part of the military, I always thought of my grandfather as a public defender and patriot.

So, though it doesn’t seem like enough, thank you to the men and women of our military who selflessly protect the freedom that I cherish.

And thank you to the families that love them.

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2 Responses to “Thank You Isn’t Enough”

  1. Anonymous May 27, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    I remember how bad I felt when troops coming home from Vietnam were treated so poorly by most Americans. I believe people have a far different opinion of the troops today and I am so glad to see the welcome signs, the group meetings, the help offered, the “thank you” comments from strangers to soldiers in the airports or elsewhere, and the blog entries like yours that say “we are proud of what you are doing”. It makes me believe that America is finally back to what it should be. Thanks for posting this.

  2. mbolke May 27, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    Reblogged this on Around My Home and commented:

    I pulled up this post I wrote last year with the intent to use this photo again and write something new. After reviewing the post, I realized that it’s exactly what I want to say today as much as it was a year ago….thank you isn’t enough.

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