“If you want to give thank the Americans who fought for our country, then be the type of American worth fighting for”…Rob “Waldo” Waldman
As a veteran, Memorial Day means a lot to me. It brings me back to my deployments overseas and the combat missions I flew in Iraq and Serbia. I remember the fears, doubts, camaraderie and excitement. And I also remember how great it felt to return home. Nothing can describe the feeling. Nothing.
I believe you don’t need wear the uniform of our country or serve in battle to truly appreciate the U.S. and what our fallen soldiers have done to make it the amazing country that it is. All we have to do is look around – our comfortable homes, our families, the gorgeous wheat fields in the Midwest, the sky scrapers in NYC, a Packers football game, our supermarkets and iphones and cars. Sure we’re not perfect. Sure we have problems. But, I tell you – there is no place like this backyard of ours we call The United States.
I love our country. I’m a patriot. No excuses.
So, thank you fallen soldiers. You helped create and sustain this – the U.S.A. You sacrificed. You gave. You served. I will surely raise a glass to you (and all those who currently serve) as I relax this weekend and focus on how blessed I am to live in the greatest country in the world. I hope you’ll join me.
We can never forget America’s Wingmen.
P.S. I also want to pay my respects this weekend to a special man – my father in law Bill Wilson who passed away last week at the ripe old age of 85. An immigrant from Ireland, he came to the US and worked to create his American Dream. A WWII Veteran (volunteer!), businessman, faithful husband, recovered alcoholic and subsequent AA counselor (he wasn’t perfect but became a better person because of his errs), and father of four (including my beautiful wife Dana.) He represented everything great about our country. Humble, compassionate, patriotic, honorable and proud, I will never forget him. He truly was the type of American worth fighting for. Waldo