Most People Don’t Know Monday – Blubber Baby?

The Joint Service Color Guard leads the National Memorial Day Parade ...

The Joint Service Color Guard leads the National Memorial Day Parade …

As we get closer to summer, Memorial Day, 4th of July, and all of the amazing small-town festivals that I LOVE to attend, I’m reminded of something…something you might not know (you might not care, either, but for now let’s just pretend)…

I ALWAYS tear up when I hear or sing (usually off-key) the national anthem. I probably always will. And I always have (a particularly embarrassing trait at high school football games when you have your eye on a certain player who’s hot in and out of his pads, but what could I do?).

I always get teary-eyed at parades, too, especially…yep, you guessed it, when the color guard comes nearer and nearer. I love to watch the flags waving and the ever-growing surge  of people rising to show their respect. I think it’s partly because I’m reminded of all of the things we can be thankful for. I also love the sense that we are all coming together in appreciation of our blessings and for the freedoms we’re granted here in America. It’s a symbol of “United We Stand” that is refreshed at each of these events.

Perhaps I’m just an all-around blubber baby (don’t ask my children – they’ll just roll their eyes then give you a “Duh!” look), but 4th of July and the parades that kick off small-town festivals are some of my favorite things. And watching the flags come closer and closer, the people standing, and high school bands playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” are the cherries on top of my soda shoppe ice cream sundae!

A little video tribute for Memorial Day and to say “thanks” to the men and women of the armed forces:

This video is from 9/11/11 with Jim Cornelison singing.

Did you tear up while watching?

What makes you a little bit emotional? And what do you love most about summer?

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