Our National Bird
Today is Patriot’s Day here in Massachusetts. It is a state holiday commemorating the Battles of Lexington and Concord and the start of the Revolutionary War. Today there will be re-enactments of those battles as well as Paul Revere’s Ride.
It is also Marathon Monday here in Massachusetts, and, as part of the celebration, the Boston Marathon is taking place. I do no have photos of the Boston Marathon, but I do want to share photos from a race that took place right here in Andover earlier this month. It was called Race for the Troops and all of the fees went to an organization that builds homes for severely disabled veterans. As many of you know, I have a son who is currently fighting in Afghanistan. Thankfully, he has not been wounded.
However, my sister and her husband are runners and when they saw this race was taking place right here in the town I live in they decided to participate in honor of my son and their nephew, Alexander and all of the troops who are fighting for our safety and freedom.
The National Guard was there and I can only assume these runners were with that organization. Can you imagine running with these packs on? well, our soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq do it all the time and often under fire. It is so easy to forget this as we sit safely in our homes watching television or even when we are out hiking and bird watching. I can do these things because our military is fighting to keep us safe and free.
There were plenty of walkers as well, but no one was going fast enough for this little puppy! I love his enthusiasm!
Please Remember our vets and soldiers and the cost to all of us for this war. It is paid with more than dollars. It is paid for in lives, limbs, and blood. It is paid for with tears. I am proud of my son and all of the military families who pay the ultimate price for our freedom. And I am thankful to be free on this Patriots’ Day!
Links to more info on Patriots Day and the Andover Race for our Troops: