Happy Independence Day, America! What a grateful nation we should be, especially on a day like today. Megyn Kelly had a group of 14 wounded warriors on her show to inspire us all. And to remind us why we are so grateful for the freedoms we have. It is because of men like this that we can celebrate being an American on this beautiful day.
As part of the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Social Enterprise Initiative, the Warrior 100K Bike Ride highlighted the bravery and physical strength of the warriors wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan, as well as those organizations that have made continuing commitments to supporting America’s heroes.
The three day event provided an opportunity for military support organizations to highlight their good work and was sponsored by several companies and individuals that have generously contributed their time and resources to support America’s servicemen and women.
This bike ride was through the desert southwest part of Texas, and by all accounts was a grueling trek. But even though some sustained damage to their prostheses, or were injured during the ride, there wasn’t a single one who complained. I love to see W. interact with our troops…the relationship is obviously a warm one, and the friendships are felt both ways.
I am so blessed to be a citizen of the greatest country on earth – the United States of America. We all owe everything we have today, especially our freedom, to those military men and women who have been either wounded or have paid the ultimate sacrifice, who are the true superheroes of the world.
Click the photo above to access the list of our fallen military veterans, and while you’re there, please say a prayer for them all. May God continue to bless us all.
At focus tonight was the upcoming “Weekend for Heroes” event, where wounded warriors from Walter Reed are brought down to Ground Zero to see the progress of the projects, some to see the actual site for the first time, and just to get an up-close look and feel at what the site will look like in the future.
Spotlighted were two brave veterans. The first one is Army Cpl. Kendra Coleman, who was in Afghanistan and lost her left leg to an IED while on patrol. Cpl. Coleman is an MP and Paratrooper, and she is anxious to get back to Afghanistan with the rest of her unit in whatever capacity she can. Also shown was Army Lt. Frederick Simpson, who was shot in the left leg during a firefight with the Taliban at the AfPak border in 2005. He was seeing the Ground Zero site in person for the first time, as well, and they both were motivated to join the military after the 9/11 attacks.
Last night, Gary Sinise was on to promote the Building Homes for Heroes program, which is now focused on building a house for SPC Brendan Marrocco, the first quadruple amputee to survive. His home will be built on Staten Island.
This is a non-partisan issue, and you cannot deny that organizations like this and folks like Gary Sinise are the true American heroes for helping those among us who gave the most of themselves during times of war. Please visit their website to check out the programs and see if there’s a way you can help out.
Gary and his “Lt. Dan Band” are going to play a benefit concert this weekend on Saturday at the St. George Theatre in Staten Island at 8PM. If you want to attend, here’s the information:
Tickets available through the Box Office at the
St.George Theatre (718) 442-2900
Staten Island, NY
or visit here for information.
Please help these heroes help the military heroes who have sacrificed so much for us. God bless our troops, and American heroes like Gary Sinise.