Patriot Day

I am the Infantry. I am my country’s strength in war, her deterrent in peace. I am the heart of the fight – wherever, whenever. I carry America’s faith and honor against her enemies…I forsake not- my country, my mission, my comrades, my sacred duty. I am relentless. I am always there, now and forever. I AM THE INFANTRY! FOLLOW ME.

It was October 2014 when I first heard the above (part of the Infantryman’s Creed.) I was sitting in Ft. Benning, GA, watching my younger brother perform his graduation ceremony from Army Bootcamp. I had tears streaming down my cheeks. Let me tell you, military graduation ceremonies are one of the most emotionally moving events…ever.

Fast forward three years later and I found myself here:

bootcamp

My husband’s Navy Bootcamp graduation in Great Lakes, IL. (Go Navy. Beat Army 😆). It wasn’t until later in life that he (we) decided to pack up our little life and join the U.S. Navy…but that’s a story for another day. At the time, I was 12 weeks pregnant with our little girl and whether it was my pregnancy hormones, or the emotional mess anything honoring our country and servicemen/women makes me, I was a puddle.

As I sit here and reflect on that fateful day (9/11/01) seventeen years ago so many emotions flood me. Pride for country, anger at the men who plotted and carried out such a tragic event, honor toward those in our military fighting for our freedoms and even more love for those closest to me who sacrifice more than most, to serve and protect.

To those whose loved ones have been killed in the fight against terror, my heart goes out to you. I have no words that could ever suffice. All I have to offer is that my husband and our family support you as he (we) serves as an airman in the United States Navy.

HM 14 Squadron

 

In light of today’s significance Elevate Athletics is excited to announce we are a proud U.S. Military supporter. As such, a portion of all profits is donated to the USO (United Service Organizations). The USO is a non-profit organization that provides services to help boost morale for service members and their families. It is perhaps most well known for live entertainment shows performed for military men and women overseas, but the USO also has over 200 installations on military bases around the world. It was created in 1941 and operates primarily from private funds and donations – hence why people like you and me are important in keeping the USO thriving.

Should you be interested in learning more about the USO, you can do so here!

Thanks so much for reading and to any and all service members, thank you for all you do! 🇺🇸😊

*Featured photo cred: 173rd Airborne Brigade