11.11.08

“Old soldiers never die; they just fade away. And like the old soldier in that ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the sight to see that duty.”      Douglas MacArthur

I couldn’t go to bed tonight without paying respects to the soldiers who we honor on this great day.  I had the opportunity to go to a Assisted Living facility in Chattanooga today to visit Courtney’s grandfather.  George Davidson served this country with honor and traveled the world protecting her interest.  I thanked him for his service on behalf of my family and watched as the pride welled up within him.  I also met several of his friends who gave of themselves to serve this nation in World War II.  One of them was 99 years old and was overcome with emotion as I thanked him for his service to our nation.  He expressed to me that it was one of the most significant and honorable times in his long life.  He wore a Army hat with pins stuck to it.  He was proud to be an American and he was grateful for the opportunity he was given to protect her. 

My left that facility with mixed emotion. I was proud to be an American but mourned as I began to realize that this generation of American heroes have almost faded away. I hope and pray that everyone who reads this blog post has taken or will take the time to find one of these great American heroes and thank them for their courageous service.  Do it before it is too late!

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