Monday, February 16, 2004, was President’s Day. President’s Day is a day set aside to honor all of the U.S. Presidents and their historical contributions to the United States of America. We often think of two great Presidents – George Washington and Abraham Lincoln – as this holiday falls between their birthdays.
For most of us, it was a long weekend with an extra day off from work. For a lot of us, the day was honored with a mere nod of recognition. We were more excited about having extra time off from work.
For a lot of us this day represented nothing more than additional time to go shopping, go to a movie, or to just hang around the house watching television. Some of us were caught up in basketball tournaments or other related activities.
Basically, many of us ignored the meaning of one of the most important national holidays for our country.
We should have taken some time to ponder the contributions of the many great Presidents this country has seen. We should have been remembering the sacred list of the brave who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of liberty. We should have been offering our gratitude to the many young men and women currently serving overseas to uphold the freedom we still enjoy today.
President’s Day is a day full of national symbolism – standing up for your country, celebrating it and a willingness to defend it to the death.
After the tragedy of September 11, 2001, America rallied behind the effort to make it known that our nation is still united. However, as time has passed, that devout showing of patriotism has diminished. Patriotism should be an act that is practiced all year long – not just on national holidays or after dire catastrophes.
The American flag is a symbol of the freedom we Americans enjoy and the symbol of the allegiance we have to our country. As President/CEO of Babe Ruth League, Inc., I strongly feel that everyone in our program should wear the American flag emblem. It is our duty as Americans to proudly show our patriotism – not just on special occasions – but every day of the year.
I strongly encourage each of you to wear the American flag emblem, and encourage each of you to persuade everyone you know, young and old, to wear in some way a symbol of the American flag. It is also a goal of mine to see every Babe Ruth player, coach, manager, and umpire sport the American flag on his or her uniform. (The flag emblem can be worn on the right uniform sleeve or on the top of the back of the uniform where the Major League players wear their flag emblem.)
We must all give a reconsideration of patriotism. We must all uphold the Constitution and Bill of Rights and the way they have been interpreted, fought over and transformed over the course of history. We must all support the values America was founded on and the principles that have made this country the leading nation in the world.
Wear the American flag with honor. Proudly show your support for our country’s morals, ethics and values.
For more information on the American flag emblem, call Babe Ruth Headquarters today at 1-800-880-3142.
Babe Ruth League, Inc.
" Soldiers are truly enduring the horrible. We must pull together as a country. I ask, you no I get down on my knees and I beg you support a soldier TODAY. Do something now to help, Adopt A Soldier,. Write a letter, go to your local veterans association, see if there is a wife with a husband deployed and mow her lawn, watch her children, give her a hug.. Help the wounded, DO SOMETHING to support these precious heroes. I need you, they need you for this is the type of person a soldier is
"I was with that which others did not want to be,
I went to where others feared to go, and did what others failed to do.
I asked nothing of those who gave nothing,
and reluctantly accepted the thought of eternal loneliness that I feel.
I have seen the face of terror, felt the stinging cold of fear,
And enjoyed the sweet taste of a moments love.
I have cried pain and hope,
But most of all I have lived times others would say were best forgotten.
At least some day I'll be able to say,
That I was proud what I was, A Soldier."
If you do not realize it yet let me clue you in. WE ARE AT WAR .
There is a war effort going on be a part of it's success."
A Soldier's Mom