This week, I want to express my profound gratitude for all of you, and yours, who have served in our military. In the past couple of years, I have been privileged to have several new friends and tutoring clients share about their experiences in World War II and Vietnam. I have been deeply touched and changed by their stories. Previously, I had no clue about the bravery, heroism and sacrifices of these amazing soldiers. Now, for me, Veterans Day and Memorial Day are special days for contemplation and thanksgiving.
Iris M. Smotrich, Mayor of the City of Rancho Mirage expressed it so eloquently in her Veterans’ Day Tribute that she will be delivering on Tuesday at Forest Lawn.More info
“…they leave the love and comfort of their homes to venture worldwide for our independence and the freedom of others. They return – these valiant warriors – forever changed. See them now – standing taller, saluting our flag with a snap – perhaps a lump in their throats. For only they know the true cost of this liberty we so cherish. Only they have walked through hell on earth in order to keep evil at bay for our children. Only they know the true cost of living up to the declaration that our forefathers so thoughtfully gave to us that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Happiness and war are not compatible. And war can forever scour the edges off of happiness for a warrior. How proud we are of you – valiant brave men and women who have given so much. How grateful we are of you dear Veterans. “
To my heroic friends and clients (you know who you are) and to all the men and women who have stepped up to do the dirty work so I can be free, Thank You! Thank You! You are my heroes and I appreciate you.