“The United States became a great nation because of its people and its principles.” Wish I could remember where I read that because the truth of it stays with me.
People continually express in the comments how concerned they are for our country. I can only tell you that I look every single day for evidences that America is full of people who love their country. I still believe that Americans will rise to the challenge, regardless of how dire circumstances appear.
Here is one example that made my day and hopefully yours, too. I was listening to morning drive radio when the host interviewed a guest from the Travis Manion Foundation talking about The Honor Project, which remembers the names of our fallen soldiers and encourages loved ones to share their stories. They are mobilizing volunteers to visit our national heroes buried at Arlington National Cemetery this Memorial Day weekend on behalf of their families and friends. Obviously, families want to visit their fallen loved ones at their final resting place, but not every one can do this for any number of reasons.
Enter The Honor Project. If you submit your fallen hero’s name, volunteers will learn their name and visit their gravesite at the Arlington National Cemetery during the Memorial Day weekend, They will place a commemorative Flags of Valor flag at their gravesite. I am so moved that volunteers care enough about our fallen heroes, strangers to them but not to God or their families. Hearing that they would take the time to fight the traffic in the Washington area to personally go to the gravesite to remember speaks volumes for who we are as a people.
The American spirit is alive and well. Honor and respect still exists. Volunteering remains in the lifeblood of our country. I, for one, am so encouraged by stories like this. Thanks for letting me share it with you.
On Memorial Day, Americans remember. If you wish to know more about The Honor Project, go to travismanion.org
This is Common Sense Civics and Citizenship.🇺🇸