This Flag

As I was driving through my neighborhood on my way to work this morning, I couldn’t help but notice a few more American flags than usual because of Veteran’s Day.

 

I’m the only house on my block that proudly hangs an American flag every single day of the year.

 

Why?

 

It’s not because my family fought in the American revolutionary war for our independence from Great Britain (which they did).

 

It’s not because my Great Grandpa fought in WW2 to stop the spread of evil (which he did).

 

It’s not because my Grandpa fought in the Korean war to stop the spread of communism (which he did).

 

It’s not because my Dad fought in the Vietnam war to stop the spread of communism (which he did).

 

It’s not because my best friend fought in Iraq to stop the spread of evil and extremism (which he did).

 

It’s because there’s no other country in the world where someone like me could have gone from a janitor making minimum wage to a millionaire because of hard work and grit alone.

 

The pursuit of happiness and the opportunity to achieve success through our own determination and perseverance is one of the benefits given to all of us, under the blanket of freedom that our vets fight to protect everyday.

 

Everyday, I am grateful. So everyday, I hang this flag.