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PEN&INKee^POSSIBILITIES: Having some good ole’ American prideee^

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By Kirsten Laskey

On July 4, I read an Associated Press story about Marines in Afghanistan. They were hauling weight-buckling packs, the reporter wrote, and walking a many miles in sweltering 100-degree heat.

Since it was Independence Day, the Marines mentioned that people back at home were celebrating the holiday.   

The article included a Marine’s comments that his family was probably out on a lake, while another said his family was also dealing with 100-degree heat. He continued to note, however, that in his family’s situation, there was no one, anywhere, waiting for the opportunity to kill them.

It was a comfortable, safe state that my family and I am sure many others, experienced on July 4. There was no need for us to worry as we chowed down on hot dogs or watched fireworks fill up the sky with fiery lights.

These Marines, along with the rest of the military, had our backs.

As I watched the flag slide up the pole and heard the crowd start to sing the national anthem at Overlook Park, I thought about those Marines baking in a foreign country as they carried out their mission to make the world safer a place.

There’s really no way to adequately express gratitude to those who walk into danger for the benefit of the rest of us, so I will simply say “Thank you.”


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