What does it feel to walk among Heroes?! It feels absolutely amazing!!!! My Grandfather and Chaz have been my Heroes for a long time. I have always been amazed at how these guys and gals give up everything to go around the world and serve our country. I admire their levels of unselfish sacrifice. But to be on that float with those Heroes, and to go down 5th Avenue in NYC and see so many Heroes is unforgettable. Then to see the people smile, cheer and even cry, then to read all the signs, I never thought I could feel even more patriotic.
What makes our country great? Our Veterans and their families. Our Veterans serve, but they bring their stories back to us and it is our job to pass those stories along. It is our job to not allow them to be forgotten. I will tell my Grandfather's stories to our girls and they will tell his story, Chaz's Dad's story and now their own father's story as the years go by. Our girls are learning the important lesson that our country is made up of great Americans and they are blessed to have such an amazing father to tell the world about.
Why did I say yes to the parade? Yes it was me that set that up. (I know I am evil, but WWP offered it to me and I jumped on it). Why didn't I ask Chaz for his permission? (Well I sort of did.) But Chaz doesn't think he's a Hero. He thinks he just did the job he was called to do. Chaz is just like every other soldier out there. They don't expect a pat on the back. They believe in our country and believe it is their duty to honor and protect it. But I wanted Chaz to see how many people support the job he did and is still doing. I wanted our girls to see first hand the support for our veterans from our nation. I wanted our girls to have an amazing lesson in patriotism. What our girls saw yesterday cannot be taught in a classroom. It is a lesson that must be learned through experience. Our girls know that parade was for not only their Daddy, but for all the Veterans who went before us. That parade was for their Grandfather and Great-Grandfathers and so many other ancestors they don't even know about yet. Our girls got to watch person after person thank their Dad for his service. How awesome is that?! They got to see first hand how people appreciate their Dad and what he did for our country.
Thank you Wounded Warrior Project for inviting us here! Thank you NYC for putting on such a great parade!! Thank you America for being such a great country!!!