Rob, our son who served 2 tours in Iraq was in the Hallmark store with me. He was home for good. Okay, here for a year then moved off to go to grad school and to the next adventure in life for him.
He passed in front of a display for
a freedom holiday,
4th of July or Memorial Day
Rob popped the lid off of the Yankee candle that was layered red, white and blue. “What are doing? ” I asked. Of course I knew.
I’ll never forget his response. “It’s Freedom. I wanted to know what freedom smells like.” Deep sniff.
“Well, does it smell good?”
“Yep, yep it does.”
West Point Old Barracks. Uniform unchanged. Traditions alive and strong.
“Duty, Honor and Country”
And that is why he and thousands of other men and women serve us by serving in the Armed Forces. They like the smell of freedom. Their mission, their oath is to serve and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic so we can keep smelling freedom too. I’ve lived in a country when there was not freedom; visited them. It does not “smell” the same. They serve and hope others can know the smell of freedom too.
Thanks to all of the past and present service members of our country’s Armed Forces.