The Navy for Moms Holiday project has been completed! Most everyone has mailed off their packages this week so we are hoping they get there before Christmas and that the sailors enjoy them. Here is my contribution to the project. Five boxes with 80 goody bags.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to the USS Nimitz and Carrier Strike Group 11!
Our county had its first casualty in Afghanistan last week. The body of 22 year old Aaron Aamot was brought home today (November 12, 2009).
Hundreds (some news reports said thousands) of people lined Main Street, most of them holding flags or signs. There was a fire truck on either side of Main street. Their extended ladders met over the street and a huge American flag was suspended from them.
When word was received that the motorcade was on its way, traffic was blocked off of Main Street. First there were 5 or 6 motorcycle cops with all their lights on. They were followed by the hearse carrying the flag draped casket, then cars driven by the military escorts carrying the family members. There were many police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, and state troopers cars all with lights blazing. Following all that there were about 60 motorcycles.
As the motorcade passed, everyone became very quiet. Some removed their hats, some saluted. I stood there with tears streaming down my face. I did not expect to get so emotional about it. I did not know the young man and I do not know the family. Maybe it is because I have a 22 year old son currently serving on a ship that is providing air support for the ground troops in Afghanistan. Maybe it was because I was thinking of this grieving family. I read that the family is Christian and they said this is only a temporary separation. I'm glad that they have that. I don't know how you get through something like this otherwise.
I am an ordinary American wife and mother who is concerned about the direction my country is taking. I see corruption at the highest levels of government and the disdain of senators and representatives for their constituents. I see the apathy and complacency of the people and wonder if we have the country we deserve. In the words of Edward Everett Hale, "I am only one, but still, I am one. I cannot do everything but I can do something. And, because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do what I can."