Don’t judge me. Y’all know I’m a Disney lover……and that includes watching the Disney Channel. Thus, the Hannah Montana reference. Ok, so the episode I just watched had a special concert for the families of deployed troops, and it featured messages to the troops from their family members. There were tears involved. Yes, I admit it, I’m 27 years old, and I cried watching Hannah Montana. Hey, did I ever tell you about the time I cried during Toy Story 3?? Ok, so that’s another story……..
We’re lucky enough to live in a country where we enjoy freedoms that people in some other countries can only dream about. We’re safe and happy in a country where we can express our likes, dislikes, and opinions. Our country isn’t perfect, but it’s a lot better than what others may have to live with. Our freedoms are protected by the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to go where they’re needed. Our troops leave their homes and their families to go into some of the most dangerous places in the world. They give up their luxuries and families to protect ours.
My dad served in the Navy…..but he did so long before I was in the picture. He was out of the service before he had a wife and kids to leave behind. I never had to live day to day wondering what my daddy was doing or if he was ok. My mother never had to wonder when her husband was coming home.
Unfortunately, many, many families have to give up time with their loved ones while they’re stationed all over the world. Unfortunately we are in a time of war where deploying thousands of troops are necessary. Those troops are heroes who see danger in the road ahead of them…..yet they keep going.
Their families are also heroes. They stay strong here at home for their service members stationed abroad. Parents suddenly become single parents…..kids grow up just a bit too fast knowing it might be a while before they see their mother or father again. Some kids have to say goodbye to both of their parents at the same time. Far too many times those families don’t get the reunions they are hoping for.
To all you service men and women out there: Thank you so much for being brave enough to answer the call of duty to protect this country from those who wish to harm us. Thank you will never be enough for the sacrifice you make to do your job. Thank you to the families of service members. You are the strength at home…..the inspiration that keeps your soldiers going. You send pieces of your heart overseas without reassurances that they will be making a quick return. You deserve just as much love and support from this country as the soldiers you love, support, and miss everyday.
To all of you out there going to sleep safe and warm in your beds tonight knowing those you love are also safe and warm in their beds: remember the strangers who are sleeping away from home tonight. If you see a soldier, shake their hand, and thank them. Please Lord watch our service men and women…..bring them home safe…..end this war that keeps them in harm’s way. Bring them home.