Thursday, July 2, 2009

Hero of the Week

When did bad news become the only news? That's the question I asked myself right before I decided to write this column a few weeks ago. In light of all that is wrong with this world, I wanted to spotlight (if only for a day) all that is right.

Since we will be celebrating our independence this weekend, I decided that this weeks hero will focus on a group of people rather than one individual. Mommy Maestro's Hero's of the Week are the men and women who fight for our freedom...our military!

Whether you are for or against war, one thing we have to agree on is how courageous our military folk are. When called for duty, they don't ask why, they just report. Often leaving loved ones behind, they give up their own lives so that we may enjoy our freedom.

It is easy to take our military for granted when war is not fought on your own soil. We put our faith in the hands of men and women from all types of backgrounds. Some of whom have only graduated high school a few months ago. We rely on our media to relay the day to day events so that we may understand better what it takes to live a privileged life of freedom. Because my friends, as you know, freedom isn't free.

The families of our troops are also our hero's. They often sit and wait quietly at their homes, for a post card, an email or a telephone call. Any sign that will calm their fears, if only for a few minutes, and bring about some peace.

While some will get to make large cardboard signs welcoming their loved ones home; others must learn to go on without. There are no good reasons, no justifications, only the belief that dying for one's own country is the highest of honors.

Whether a member of the military, or their family, today we salute each and every one of you. Thank you.

Just a reminder: brandish your red, white and blue this weekend. Although we're all headed out to some parties, let's not forget our favorite one tonight hosted by Ann. It's a chance to visit new blogs and meet a lot of great people.


Kris said...

Coming by for brother is in the Marine Corps....he's my hero. Anyone that would fight for a country that can't stand in unity behind their troops is a hero. Regardless of how we feel about the war or the politics involved there are lives lost everyday so that we can complain.

Candice said...

Great post!

Happy 4th of July :)

Anonymous said...

Happy VGNO!

I definitely applaud our troops.

Happy 4th of July and TGIF!

Gena said...

What a wonderful reminder.

I tell you, I get sick of hearing all that's wrong. I like good news better.

Happy 4th, my friend. Happy VGNO

Mandala Michelle said...

Booo Ya!

Opus #6 said...

I've got my stars and stripes flying out front already. I agree. Our soldiers are awesome!!!!! Happy VGNO.

I am Harriet said...

Lovely post.
Happy VGNO!
Have a great 4th.

GypsyFox said...

great post, I agree about going all out! happy VGNO! XOXO

Kitten said...

Very touching post! Let's not forget our troops--ever! But especially not on this day of days.

Happy VGNO!

pam said...

Have a wonderful night and weekend.
I really enjoyed your post.

Elizabeth said...

What a super post, that's a great reminder that I think we all need, especially on the eve of fourth of July. Happy VGNO!

Martha in PA said...

Stopping by from VGNO!

Stars and Stripes for ever. We will be showing our colors tomorrow!

Sonia said...

What a great post Mary! I feel touched and "honored" I love being a military spouse and supporting my man! And besides...he looks darn cute in his uniform :)

Lola said...

Happy VGNO! Hope you have a happy and safe 4th of July.

Stop by Lin's Duck and Wheel With String to vote for me in her First Official Dork-Off Contest. Vote for my photo, because my kindergarten photo is THE dorkiest.


Rbarakat said...

Great post!

FranticMommy said...

Awesome post. Good job!
Thanks for stopping by my blog too.:)

Cindy @ Chalk it Up! said...

A great tribute! We are need to remember their bravery, dedication and commitment to our country and freedom. I am forever grateful and in awe of their courage.

Happy 4th of July!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post! I so appreciate our military and their sacrifices for my freedom.

Happy 4th and VGNO!

The Gonzo Mama said...

What a perfectly fitting decision for Hero of the Week. Awesome tribute!

Happy VGNO!

The Redhead Riter said...

Visiting from SITS. Happy 4th of July!

Maricel said...

As a fellow Mom Bloggers Club member, I'm following via the Follow Me Club list. =)

Maricel --- Momhood Moments

I'm currently building my blogroll too. Care for a link exchange?

Lola said...

Thank you for voting for me in the First Official Dork-Off at Lin's Duck and Wheel With String.

The votes are in and the winner has been announced. Thanks so much for your vote. Be sure to come back and check out Lin's blog and my blogs.

Thanks again!

Unknown Mami said...

I couldn't agree with you more. Regardless of my political stance I will always be grateful for the men and women who sacrifice so much on our behalf.