Watched the Army Navy game this weekend, one of the greatest sporting traditions in our country. Every year the game is a tough contest and every year the passion of the fans (cadets and midshipmen alike) bleeds through the television and into my livingroom.
My grandfather served in the occupation forces in Japan during WWII, my father and his brothers were in the army medical reserve (all of them having gone to medschool), luckily for my family none of them were deployed to Vietnam.
As the holiday season approaches I feel that is important that we all take a little time to reflect on the men and women who have and are currently serving overseas. The Army Navy game is always a good reality check for me, particularly during the holiday season, an all too often occasion for the rest of us to think about what we don't have, what we want, what we're wishful for.
Let's all take a moment and remember to be thankful for the lives we lead and this great country that we live in. Although we find the current Chiefs squad to be dissapointing to put it mildly, at least we have the freedom and comfort in a 1st world country. I consider us lucky that one of the biggest problems we face is that our favorite team isn't performing well; none of us really have to worry about stepping on an errant landmine on our way to the grocery store.
Watching the passionate cheering of the military men and women during the game gave me pause; how many of them won't be manking it back home next year? For how many of them, this will be their last Army Navy game.
So let us be mindful to always give thanks and appreciate what we have and not get so caught up in the rat race. Let's all enjoy the rest of the season and the holidays as they come.
And always remember to keep the servicemen and women in our prayers, and be thankful for the freedom they provide us with.