I had the privilege of marching with Spirit of America Band in two 4th of July parades on Wed.
The band was comprised of present members and alumni from the past 10 years. For many of us “oldies” (I’m 63), marching in parades was in our blood. It all came back, and there was tons of grace for us to give our all. I heard a comment from the sidelines….a man said “They really exemplify the Spirit of America….there’s a difference with this group!” I was so proud to be a part of it, and hope in some small way, we made a difference.
I saw a movie the other night I haven’t been able to stop thinking about. It’s called “Act of Valor” and is about a group of Navy SEALs who embark on a mission that turns out bigger than they thought. It’s the people I can’t get out of my head – these ordinary guys with families and homes who answer a Call and leap out – with no idea when or if they’ll be back. A real vocation, not unlike monastic life in the sense that their life is completely given to more then just what they want. When the call comes, they move, no matter what they’re in the middle of. The split-second sacrificial choices – for them it’s literally a matter of life and death. So when Spirit of America Band is marching in two parades this 4th of July, I’ll be thinking about these men and women who have answered the Call to serve this Nation – and sacrificed everything. Thank you to all our service men and women, past and present. God help us to honor your lives.