Today, Monday the 26th of May, is Memorial Day. Today we commemorate our men and women who have fallen in their service to our country. I would also like to take the time to think about, and say thank-you to, all the men and women who are currently serving in the Armed Forces.
I have finally made all-star level, which allows me to choose my own avatar (instead of that stupid ape!). Over the last few days I was kicking around the thought of either going with Donnie Baseball, or Joe Girardi kicking his cap during last week's tirade. Being that someone beat me to the Girardi avatar, I went with Mattingly in a classic pose in the dugout.
But after seeing a thread made out in honor of all the members of our military, I figured that the least I could do was to show them my support. I instead created the current avatar I'm showing now.
Imagine the daily life of a soldier serving in Afghanistan, a Marine in Iraq, a sailor or airman on a ship in the Persian Gulf or Mediterranean. Think about the hardships they go through, being away from their families, and risking their life on a daily basis.
Why are they doing this? The answer is, for you and me to enjoy the freedom that America offers. The trips to the park with our families, a weekend at the Jersey Shore, a simple picnic or birthday party, or just a vacation in the mountains. All this, they relinquish in favor of preserving our freedom.
There are many posters on these boards who are in the military (Kelvin, who I always meet on the Yankees game threads is in the Navy I think), and I would like to tell them all "THANK-YOU" from the bottom of my heart (even if you're a Red Sox fan!!).