Reminded me just how spoiled we are to be living freely in the great USA; how we take so many things for credit and often complain without cause. Except for grace of God, each of us could have been born in another country, even as close to Mexico. I enjoy visiting Mexico and love their people, but I am glad I was not born in Mexico or any other foreign country. We have been extremely blessed to live in the USA. Let's never forget those that have sacrificed so much for us. May God truly bless the USA.
Very good post and oh so true! The things people find important and get upset about are a sad display of modern priorities. The longer you spend in "civilization" the more you fall into this fallacy. Besides family and few friends of course, what I really missed while in Iraq was good old grass! Once back home and out cutting my grass for the first time in a few years, you couldn't wipe the smile off my face. It's the little things that count.
Not to come off callous, but the circulations that go around the internet of pictures, videos and what not are over done. Then again, my thoughts on things like this are viewed differently since I did a little over 20 years. In the past eight years I had talked talked to quite a few people (all branches of service) that have come back from the Middle East and I was surprised how many of them would have prefered a more low key homecoming/welcoming.
On a personal level, what has always meant the most to me is for someone to walk up to me, look me in the eyes, give a firm hand shake and say two simple words.. "Thank You". That is the most real and heart felt feeling a person can receive. The ones that enjoy all the hoopla and party like atmosphere are in it for the fame and notoriety IMHO.