Don’t tread on me…


Did you know that Coca-Cola has partnered with Dollar General to honor our service members, veterans, and their families with their Share-a-Coke Military Campaign?  The 5 patriotic cans honoring veterans, service members, military spouses, military mom’s, and military dad’s also acknowledge Coke’s United Service Organizations (USO) partnership.

I’ve don’t normally shop at Dollar General but do I love Coke, so I’ll be making my summer soda purchases at Dollar General as an easy way of showing support and saying ‘thanks’ to our nation’s true heroes – our military men and women past and present and their families who sacrifice more than we can ever know.

I am also going to take a pause from eating burgers and swimming to ‘be a force behind the forces’ and send a message of thanks to our service members who don’t get Memorial Day as a holiday.   It seems the least I can do on this Memorial Day.  How about you?

*Don’t Tread on Me – Metallica

Blood Poppy Red…

Image courtesy of AP Photo/Matt Dunham

Poppies have always meant the start of summer for me.  For as long as I can remember our vets have stood outside of stores and on street corners trading donations for cloth (and now plastic) poppies during the Memorial Day weekend.  Have you ever heard of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London art installation?  All 886,998 poppies that made up the installation were sold, raising millions of pounds which were distributed equally between six service charities.  I’d love to see a version of this installation done stateside to commemorate our veterans.  Until then, I buy poppies from every vet I see as my inadequate way of remembering, and thanking, every military soldier (past and present). for their service to their country and its citizens.