This past summer, I was blessed enough to get to work in one of the most breath-taking places I have ever been, and I was doing one of the best jobs you could dream. I was in northeast Wyoming, working on a cattle ranch. Not only was I doing a job that I really enjoyed, but I also got the chance to go to some fun activities. One of the highlights was the Wyo Rodeo. Sheridan, Wyoming was alive with a cowboy enthusiasm, or at least more so than usual. The streets were full, and everyone was feeling great.
During the rodeo, an Army veteran skydived into the rodeo arena. This alone is cool, but his story was even more incredible.
He had lost both his legs in a mid-air collision when he was serving our country. As he descended into the arena, he brought a giant American flag with him. Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" was playing, and the crowd stood to honor this incredible man as he showed his love for his country. As all the first responders hurried to catch the flag and help this hero. They pulled all the edges of the flag tight. Everyone in the crowd was able to see this massive flag which only made them cheer louder. Not a single person wore a hat and every heart was covered by the right hand.
Being in the cowboy state at a rodeo with some of the most incredible people I have ever met made me realize again, I love our country.
I love America for infinite reasons. Mostly, I am allowed to travel alone or come to a whole new state to live and go to school. I am blessed to have the freedoms that are listed and protected by the Constitution. Because I am an American, and thus, free, I can travel, get an education, and have a say-so in what goes on in Washington. I am proud to be an American because I am free.
I am proud to be an American, I profess this loud and proud.
This country is the land of opportunity, I am humbled and honored by those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for me to be able to have life, liberty and to pursue happiness. This skydiving man who, despite having undergone some serious injuries, continues to show his love for our country by falling from the sky with the flag of the country he fought for, is a symbol of how incredibly resilient our country is and how much our freedom is worth. I urge you to reflect and find a reason each week why you're proud to be an American.