Hiking Mount Whitney on Friday, November 8th, was an awesome experience, but summiting this peak wasn’t even the highlight… the highlight was being on this mountain with a group of Marines!
These guys were taking turns carrying one of their platoon brothers up to the top because he had lost his legs in Afghanistan. I was overwhelmed with emotion as we witnessed this daunting feat. Not only for their willingness to serve our country and to preserve the freedoms we all enjoy, but for what they were now doing with one of their buddies up this mountain. What a powerful example of sacrifice and service.
The impact of this experience went even deeper for me as a Scoutmaster of 10 years with a troop that puts up flags throughout our neighborhood on special holidays like today. THIS is who we do that for! THESE are the men [and women] we are honoring for their service and sacrifice on so many levels.
There’s not a lot a 12-year-old scout can do to show his duty to our country. However, my hope for wanting to line our streets with American flags a few times each year is one small way of showing how much we appreciate those who are willing to put their lives on the line like that for the rest of us.
So not only on this Veteran’s Day, but every day… THANK YOU for your service!