I guess I don't get too emotional about America these days. Probably mostly because I'm not a big fan of Bush and the whole political scene these days is kinda disappointing. But, this morning when I was running at the gym and watching the same images over and over of the planes flying into the twin towers, and I was seeing it on 9 different TVs, it made me sad. And tonight I was driving on State Street and I saw this flag flying at half mass, and ...I dunno. It just made me appreciate what so many have done to make this country free.
I'm glad for experiences I have that remind me that I'm a lazy, spoiled American. I don't try to be, but let's be honest, a good majority of us have way more than we need, and we're used to luxuries that not a lot of other countries know or will ever know. I think traveling and "living without" for a time has helped me see that too. I also appreciated my time at Pearl Harbor a couple months ago. Like I mentioned in the PH post, seeing the places where it actually happened makes it so real for me and humbles me a lot.
I'm thankful for all the brave men and women over the years who have sacrificed a lot, and sometimes everything to keep this nation free.