Browsing: Hero of the week

What would you say if you could write a letter to America? How would you sum up your feelings toward this country, this home of ours? I contemplated that as we traveled across the west, and – almost certainly influenced by the fantastic video, “Dear Basketball” – I found it more difficult than you would think. Dear America, I’m sorry it has taken so long to write. I would want to tell it how impressive it is. How beautiful its countrysides are. How impressive its mountains and its coastlines are. What a thrill it is to sail its waters and…

Remembering those who died in service to their country. We owe them a debt that can never be repaid, and grieve for their families. You are all in our prayers today. (Click on image to watch Taps played in the snow at Arlington.)

By now you have heard the news that Mort Walker, the cartoonist who drew Beetle Bailey for over six decades, passed away this weekend at the age of 94. At the time of his death, over 200 million people read his cartoons every day in some 1,800 newspapers around the world. Of all the people who have attempted to draw military-themed cartoons over the years, only two – Mort Walker and Bill Mauldin – have become synonymous with the term military cartoonist; the only difference being that while Mauldin drew Willie and Joe for about six years, Mort drew Beetle…

Next year, men and women who have lived their entire lives in a post-9/11 world will be old enough to join the military. I wish I could tell them what the world was like before they were born, because it was a different place. We were more innocent, maybe, or more naive. The day is seared in my memory, of course, like everyone else – the smoke, the fear, the shared experience of realizing in one agonizing instant that we were under attack – but more than anything else, I cannot forget the jumpers. Anyone who has been in a…

[UPDATE: Thanks for the support on May 4th – Wyakin raised over four thousand dollars that will be used to support the men and women who served and sacrificed for their country. I truly feel we are all in this together and have an obligation to – in the words of a country song – turn around and help the next one in line. It is an honor to be counted in your number.] The organization where I donate a lot of my time serves wounded and injured veterans as they pursue degrees and careers. Today – and today only…

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