America the Beautiful

Freedom isn’t free… Thank you to the men and women of the Armed Forces who have served and sacrificed at home and around the world to keep us free.

Independence Day collage

We hope our US friends had a safe and happy Fourth of July and continue celebrating (and remembering) through the holiday weekend.

Wow, 237 years old. I’m sure our Founding Fathers would have been thrilled if they had known the fledgling nation they founded on blood, sweat, tears and a heap of courage, would still be going strong today.

What’s your favorite Fourth of July tradition? Did you start a new one this year?

The picture collage above showcases some of my favorite memories that come to mind when I think of America and Independence Day. What comes to mind for you?

Independence Day also brings to mind one of my favorite songs, God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood. I was fortunate enough to see Mr. Greenwood perform this iconic song live and it’s chilling. I still get goosebumps every time I hear it.

I’ll leave you with that beautiful song to enjoy your weekend. To our International friends, have a wonderful weekend and thanks for reading! We get a little patriotic this time of year. 🙂

Video courtesy of ccmytubenz YouTube channel

God Bless the USA,
Jaime

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Thank You, Soldier

Thank a soldier today.

Thank a soldier this Memorial Day (and every day).
Freedom isn’t free.

As we head off to enjoy a long Memorial Day weekend, remember what we’re observing on Monday. Memorial Day isn’t just the official start to summer, or a day to barbecue, swim and enjoy with family and friends.

It’s a chance to remember, honor and pay respects to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country. From a beach in Normandy to the deserts of Iraq and everywhere in between. While patrolling in Korea to responding to a natural disaster in New Orleans. Here one day, gone the next.

Fathers…
Mothers…
Brothers…
Sisters…
Sons…
Daughters…
Best friends…
Fraternity brothers…
Sorority sisters…
Cousins…
Aunts…
Uncles…
Teammates…
Co-workers…
Human beings.

They all left behind families, friends and loved ones who miss them dearly. Be thankful for those in your life, and the freedoms we exercise every day – often without giving them a thought.

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Freedom of speech, religion, to assemble and protest peacefully. The right to wear what we want, say what we want and watch a football game or NASCAR race on a Sunday afternoon.

So enjoy this long weekend with your family and friends. Barbecue, swim, laugh and smile. But please — thank a soldier. Remember someone who gave it all so we could have it all. Attend a ceremony; salute the flag. Have a moment of silence.

It’s not a political statement. It doesn’t matter if you’re red or blue (or somewhere in between). For one day, Republicans and Democrats become Americans. It’s just the right thing to do.

p.s. I’d be honored if you would leave the name (armed forces division, rank and any other info you’d like) of someone you’re remembering or honoring this weekend. Let’s remember together.

Remembering the fallen,
Jaime

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