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Pride and Community

I don't know if I ever mentioned this in a blog before but here it goes.

I remember driving over the Derby/Shelton bridge as a kid telling my dad, uncle or whomever was driving the car that I was never going to smoke and that I was going to be in the Army. If I had only said I was going to be rich and famous instead.....

Anyway, Like most kids I loved parades and fireworks. It wasn't until high school that my patriotism became clear to me. I was the only student in my high school home room period that stood daily during The Pledge of Allegiance. My team and my friends during that period used to break my balls. Some how it even made its way to my football coach. Well, Coach Hunt made everyone one on the team give me a minute of applause for my patriotism.

Why was I the only one? Why did I stand everyday? Well I didn't do it for applause or attention. As a child, I did it because I grew up in the 1980s. "The Pledge" was how we started every school day and every football game began with The Star Spangled Banner. With our right hands over our hearts. It's just was how we were raised. To show pride your school, your community, and your country.

As an adult, I do it for the some of the same reasons. The pride for this great country. Not the government or politics but for home. The place where my family, friends and fellow Americans intrust so few to keep so many free.

As a student, athlete and a Soldier, I have and will always bleed red, white, and blue.

Take the time to enjoy the holiday weekend with your friends and family. Take pride in your community at ECC. Hit your Hero WOD hard and please remember the fallen.

Have Fun, Be Safe, and Scale Accordingly

Vin

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