Thursday, June 16, 2005

Old Glory

I am a proud, proud wife.

No secret to anyone who knows me that I am a flag-waving, America-loving patriot who thinks that we live in one of the most blessed nations in the world (if not THE most blessed -- stated from a position of thankfulness and humility, not arrogance.)

My husband came home today with an extraordinary token that almost burst my heart wide open with pride. Let me copy the text of the note he received...

One of the things that we are allowed to do here is fly an American flag over this military installation in honor of those who support us and the cause for which our nation now finds itself fighting for. Because of your support and dedication, along with the cooperation of the (city) College District, we were able to provide Occupational Command Spanish training to over fifty members of the United States Naval Research currently deployed to Kuwait in support of Iraqi Freedom. In recognition of that support and dedication I had this flag flown in your honor on Memorial Day, May 30, 2005, over the United States Military Hospital, Camp Arifjian, Kuwait. I now present unto you that very flag which has flown over a Military installation during a time of war in a theater of war. This makes it rare, and a flag rich in tradition in honor. It is our way of saying "Thank You" from all the sailors of EMF (city). May God bless you, may He continue to bless the United States of America, and may "Old Glory" continue to wave gloriously throughout the world and shine as that beacon of hope and freedom for all. Thanks Friend!

MA2 (name)
Petty Officer 2nd Class
Expeditionary Medical Facility (city)
United States Navy

That note was attached to an American flag, which as noted, was flown over a US Military Base in Kuwait. This beautiful and touching gesture was in response to his never-ending dedication to his clients and his instructors...and it just goes to show that while working in a county college district, that our efforts can transcend the county line and impact and encourage and enrich a group of "strangers" halfway around the world.

May Old Glory continue to wave...it has always had a special place in our home...and now even moreso as we more personally remember the lives of the good and brave folks who are serving "all in a day's work" at the US Military Hospital in Camp Arifjian, Kuwait. All of our love and prayers are with you and your comrades. Be safe...and take care of one another.

Signed with immeasurable admiration for our service men and women...

2 Comments:

At 2:54 PM, Blogger BOHICA said...

Now THAT'S a special flag! Lots of people today might see it as a symbol of disgrace, but that's why they are ignorant fools.

It makes me proud to see our flag and I understand the blood that was spilled to allow it to wave proudly.

Made me think of people who burn flags in protest. Someone burns a flag? eh, i could care less, it's just an inanimate symbol because it's not something they believe in anyway...

...ask me to SUPPORT your buning of a flag? ...I'll leave ya where I find ya, and you better have good dental records or your parents will be sad for a long time...

 
At 7:19 AM, Blogger BOHICA said...

strange how of all your friends from that other blog, no one but me supported this nice story...

 

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