There are times in a persons life when dreams of the future are formed and nourished. Hopefully, with honest work, persistence in the face of life’s ever-present obstacles, and a good dose of luck, a persons dream may eventually be realized. I feel blessed in the fact that Retta and I are able to lead the life that we do, as this lifestyle has been a long time dream for the both of us. Because we could not have arrived at the place we find ourselves in today without the freedom to make and implement our plans along the way, I am always cognizant of the benefits that living in a free country has bestowed on me. And that is one of the many reasons that we proudly fly the Stars and Stripes on a daily basis.
When I look out the window in the morning as I sip my AM cup of coffee, I see our flag. As I putter around the front yard, doing this or that, I see our flag. As I drive back and forth across fields and pastures doing my tractor work, I can see our flag from various vantage points. When I pull back into the barn to put the tractor away, I see our flag. And walking back to the house from the barn/paddock area takes me right by the flag, so I see it again. And every time that I see our Stars and Stripes, I am reminded that the opportunity to live my lifestyle, and enjoy the freedoms that I do, is because of the environment created in a free society.
Today is the special day for us to stop and pay our respects to all of those brave, and yes, the not so brave, men and women who payed the ultimate price so that you and I may exercise our freedom of choice. Retta and I tip our hats to you all, and thank you for the sacrifice that you and your loved ones have endured to make life better for all of the rest of us.