This past weekend, as we remembered the events of 9/11, the citizens of this country united in their sorrow and memories. Differences were put aside to honor the memory of those who were lost that day and in the days/years that followed, as well as to honor our military and first responders. One of the most touching displays of honor and remembrance that I learned of was shared with me by my mother. My grandmother, who is 86, lives in Florida in a senior citizens community and my mom had been visiting with her over the last week. On Friday, I received an email with photos of my grandmother and about 30-40 other residents and staff from her community standing on the street corner outside of their building waving American flags and holding signs that read:
“Honk if you (heart) the USA!”
“We Support Our Troops!”
“God Bless the USA!”
It was around 90 degrees in Florida…and they stood waving their flags.
It was their lunchtime…and still, they stood.
Cars honked and people cheered. American flags were handed to those who stopped. It was tear jerking and awe inspiring.
The average age of the senior citizens who stood on the corner that day was 80-85 years old. They have lived and fought through multiple wars. They lived through the Depression. They have loved…and they have lost. They hurt with their own physical ailments now, yet they chose to miss their lunch to stand on a street corner in the heat and show their support for the troops and their love for their country. They are an inspiration to the rest of us. Their love for their country is like a flame and they refuse to let it burn out. It is now up to the rest of us, to pick up that torch and ensure that it is carried on.
God Bless the USA!