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Nov 09

Your Day-Sports Talk With Anthony Bonelli And More

Take a minute and close your eyes, conjure an image in your brain of the American Flag. Now picture the individual aspects of the flag, the 50 stars and the 13 red and white stripes. Open your eyes now pause; think about the images you have just seen. What do those images mean to you?

Knowing that I was going to write this blog today I did the above exercise, which I created on my own. When I closed my eyes amazingly I immediately saw the iconic image of two firefighters placing the American Flag at Ground Zero, when I opened my eyes I felt that they were filled with tears, because I thought of all those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The second image I saw was a picture of the flag with a soldier in the background, do not ask me why I saw this image, but it was one of the most powerful images I have ever seen in my life. In early September I wrote a blog entitled Freedom in honor of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, in that blog I explained what my emotions were on that tragic day and how thankful I was for all those who serve and protect our country’s freedoms.

Wednesday is Veterans Day, a day where we pay homage to all of those who served and serve our country. People sometimes forget about those who served our country and paid the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives while serving. We often put athletes and famous people on a pedestal because of the money they make, but people who serve and served in the military sometimes are forgotten about, why is that? Without these courageous, strong, and selfless people we as Americans would not be able to enjoy the freedoms that we do. People might have the day off from work Wednesday because of Veterans Day, I ask all of you who do, and those of you who do not to take a minute on Wednesday and think about those who served and serve our country, defend our freedoms, and also why we celebrate Veterans Day.

On September 8, 2007, as I was about to realize one of my dreams, that being throwing out the first pitch at a New York Mets’ game, New York Mets’ Public Address Announcer Alex Anthony proclaimed that it was my pitch. I would like to say the same thing to all veterans and members of the military, Wednesday is your day, and I hope you enjoy your day just as much as I enjoyed my pitch.

I would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to all veterans and members of the military. I sometimes have been called a hero, I guess because of the fact that I have overcome so many obstacles to achieve my goals, but all of you are the real heroes. I salute you!!!