As our Miami Dolphins get ready to play on Monday Night Football, the chaos of recent events has stole the stage from that which is more important than anything. Our real hero’s. Today on Veterans Day we salute those who have given more than any of us can imagine. They have given their lives, their youth, their families, and their own hopes and dreams to defend this country. Today is there day and it’s a privilege to celebrate it with them.
Personally, I have been fortunate to have the military in my life. My entire life. I grew up on bases and around the branches of service. My grandfathers served as did my father followed by three brothers and my sister. My attempt to serve fell short due to a previous injury that shipped me home from Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri only a month in to basic training.
Today, one of my brothers serves in Afghanistan. We hope it’s his last tour as he has already served in Kuwait and Iraq. He is pictured in the photo above. While we here at home forget that the simplest things in life are so precious and we get wrapped up in racial slurs and locker room turmoil and stand on the edge of popular opinion, our soldiers serving our country cling to the notion that the trivial stuff like an NFL MNF game can be a small part of home. Something to grab a hold of.
Tonight Miami will play Tampa Bay and a big flag will be unfurled on the field. A few weeks ago prior to the Buffalo Bills game, one of my other brothers and myself participated in unfurling one of those flags on the field at Sun-Life Stadium. It was a huge honor.
So let us give thanks on this day to our soldiers abroad and a huge thank you and handshake to the veterans who served this country. Alive and passed. May our country soon welcome all of our soldiers home in good health and return them to their families.
Thank you Veterans…for everything!