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Motivational Monday

As each of us sleeps through the night, we can rest peacefully because of the brave men and women who serve our country and the oath they have pledged that reads…

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”

Because of their sacrifice, bravery, and selfless acts, you and I are afforded a freedom that comes with a heavy price.  On this Memorial Day and every day we salute you and thank you for your continued commitment and dedicated service.

Sometimes the greatest motivation is born from serving others.  It is one thing to fight for your own life and to do everything in your power to survive, but it is a completely different thing to defend the life and liberty of others, especially when it may not be recognized or appreciated.  You want to witness motivation, speak to a soldier who’s main objective is returning home to their love ones.  You want to see motivation, talk to a military veteran  who has been in war and had to choose between taking someone else’s life or losing their own.  Motivation comes in many shapes and forms and none is more prevalent than in the images, hearts, dedication, sacrifice, and lives of the men and women of the armed services.

Thank you to my dad, uncle, cousins, friends and all those who have served and are currently serving for all you have done and for all you do!

 

From Martin to Martin

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5 decades later and from generation to generation, many have lived to witness the legacy and longevity of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s spirit; a spirit that 50 years later still permeates every soul.  Dr. King stood proudly, without fear, reservation, or doubt on the merits of hope, equality, and inspiration.  What Dr. King professed in 1963 remains relevant in 2013.  Many have attempted to fill the void left by his assassination, but none have garnered the mass support or respect shown to Dr. King.  An oracle and visionary, he fought vehemently to pave the way so all citizens would be afforded the same rights and opportunities; a feat that is still an ongoing battle.

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F.E.A.R.

FEAR

Again our country, our community, has been struck with a senseless act of violence.  The people in the Boston area have been shaken and their sense of security has been forever marred and tarnished.

What started out as Patriot’s day, a holiday in Massachusetts celebrating the first battles of the American Revolutionary War, quickly turned into another national tragedy.  The casualties may not have been on the same level as 9/11 or the massacre in Newtown, CT., but the brashness and lack of empathy for human life by the perpetrators is no different and that impact is equally destructive.  The Boston Marathon, which was supposed to be the culmination of the holiday’s festivities, turned into a media and law enforcement frenzy as everyone became glued to their televisions, computer, and phones waiting for updates and praying collectively for the nightmare to be over.

The fear caused by this heinous act is trickling throughout the country like a rock skipping across a pond causing a ripple effect.  Every sporting event following the marathon has quadrupled security and taken extra measures to give the participants a safe environment.  But what is more astonishing, the participants are still coming out!  No one has shied away, in fact, they’ve come out stronger, in droves, exhibiting the sense of pride and resiliency this country in known for. What you meant for evil…

Let it be said again, we won’t coward in fear or run and hide!  We will overcome and rise again.  Yes, it’s disheartening and devastating, but it will not be debilitating!  Like 9/11, Newtown, Virginia Tech, and so many others, we will rally together, support those that have been struck with grief and loss, and build anew and greater.  These acts of violence will not deter or diminish our spirit of patriotism nor discourage our goals to be a better country.  If anything, it creates a stronger bond, connects us on a deeper level, and fortifies the American collective of one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all!

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