Memorial Day: Parades, barbeques, parties, sales, and all the trimmings. Great. Enjoy yourself, but give a moment to cut past the superfluous rituals and think of the thousands who have died serving this country to protect your freedoms.
It doesn’t mean you celebrate war. It means you are humble enough to be thankful for people who did what they thought was the “right thing” despite the personal cost to themselves.
As a veteran, who happens to be a transgender woman, I’m well aware of the meaning of the concept of sacrifice. My sacrifice was not on par with my sisters and brothers who gave their lives when called, but nevertheless I “get it”.
Pride, loyalty and admiration are earned…not by waving a flag or screaming opinions louder than your detractors. They are earned though quiet, unselfish actions that put momentum behind your beliefs.
Be a hero in your own heart though your courage and steadfastness in your daily life.
Toni Grace 🇺🇸🕊🏳️🌈