I have never been so proud of my community, or felt so completely connected to my community, as I did Friday at the rally for our troops. These are troubled times, and folks are rightly stirred to their very souls. Good people, thoughtful people have greatly different views on the war in Iraq.
Yet these people, this community came together to vocalize their heartfelt support for our guys and gals committed to the service of their country. As I stood there, I saw people in that crowd who I know are troubled by the war and have difficulty supporting it in their hearts. Yet, they attended that rally because they understand the weight carried by a family with a loved one in harm's way, and they wanted to help shoulder that burden.
It was easy for me to be there. I support the war, I know it is the challenge of our age, and I know that we will overcome that challenge. I'm lucky. For all those that have misgivings about the war, but set them aside to speak in a single community voice, I say God bless you, and thank you.
You have no idea what a wonderful, selfless gift you gave.