I’ve been presented with a challenge…and my response is the same as to the question “what gift do you get someone that already has everything?”…I have no idea! Some people will say, “oh, it doesn’t matter…it’s the thought that counts.” I can take that response two ways:
1) the gift is irrelevant, it’s the fact that you thought to give them ‘something ‘ that matters
2) it’s the time you spend and the thought that you put in to determining something meaningful
My vote goes to #2. Time is a precious gift…one that can’t be bought nor can it be replaced.
So where am I going with this? Ever since I found out that I was going to be a part of this AFE Tour, one thought has dominated my mind…how am I possibly going to convey the depth of my admiration and appreciation to the men and women I meet during this tour? Again, I have no idea! Saying thank you and passing out t-shirts seems not nearly enough.
And then an interesting thing happened today. Everyone we met was amazingly gracious and thanking US! They are so grateful that we have taken the time to go on this tour to spend time with them. Now how about that! Here I am trying to figure out how to show my appreciation in a meaningful way, and I am humbly reminded that sometimes it really is the thought that counts…and the time that goes into it.
9:42pm Miami time…that’s when it struck me. 40,000 ft above the Atlantic (somewhere between Miami and Frankfort, Germany)…that’s where it struck me. I don’t know if it was inspired by Mumford & Sons Live at Red Rocks, or if it was triggered by thoughts of the upcoming Olympics…but for whatever reason it struck me again that we truly do live in an extraordinary world.
Our world is made up of nearly 7 billion people that all have their own unique talents and gifts. Amazing minds engineered this aircraft…Talented artists bring beauty to our world, both musically and visually. Physical specimens push themselves past what they thought was possible, reminding us that dreams can be achieved if we dedicate ourselves to them. Astronauts, our modern day explorers, are fearlessly determined to discover the unknown. Doctors and nurses dedicate their lives to helping people through phenomenal advancements in medicine. I could go on and on, but the point is, it takes all kinds to make our world go round.
I feel fortunate that my life’s path has provided me the opportunity to know so many unique, inspiring people and share meaningful experiences with them. As I am enjoying my walk down memory lane, I can’t help but wonder about who will be next. Oh, I know a little bit about them, but I can’t wait to meet them and hear their stories. In my opinion, they possess some of the most admirable traits…honor, integrity, selflessness and loyalty to name a few. They are the men and women of the US military that day after day serve our country defending our freedom. As a part of the contingent from the Miami Marlins, we are embarking on a week-long tour with Armed Forces Entertainment to spend time with troops in Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. This is the fifth AFE Tour for the Marlins, and I am humbled and honored to be a part of it.
Undoubtedly, this experience will leave it’s mark on my soul, add countless new friends along the way and once again remind me of all the exceptional people that make up our extraordinary world.
On August 14, 1945, President Truman announced the end of World War II. To commemorate this anniversary, the United States Congress declared that a National “Spirit of ’45 Day” be observed on the second Sunday in August.
Earlier today at Marlins Park, we celebrated the Spirit of ’45 by paying tribute to all of the remarkable citizens who bravely served our country in that time of peril, by honoring the remembrance of our soldiers and loved ones who served, survived and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the second World War.
During a special pregame ceremony, twelve WWII veterans were honored. Each veteran received a unique commemorative gift from the Marlins – a container of sand from Iwo Jima…interestingly enough, two of the veterans honored actually were at Iwo Jima!
Undoubtedly, a day like today makes me think of my two grandfathers, both who served during WWII. My Grandpa Nystrom served in the Air Force, while my Grandpa Smith served in the Army. I never had the opportunity to know either of them, but I have heard many stories and certainly feel very proud of them to know that their service helped ensure the freedom I enjoy today.
A huge thanks to all members of our greatest generation, and as always thank you to those who have served and continue to serve the United States of America!
From July 7th- August 4th taste a funfetti sweet treat to help support the Boys & Girls Clubs in South Florida. For each $1 cupcake you buy, Duffy’s is donating $.50 to the Marlins Foundation.
Stop by Duffy’s between now and Saturday and help the Marlins Foundation support South Florida’s Boys and Girls Clubs!
NOTE: Donations will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs within the respective county where each cupcake is purchased. The Boys and Girls Clubs of America is an official Charity Partner of the Miami Marlins.
Sunday, July 29, is once again Bark at the Park!
As a part of the festivities, Buehrle’s Buddies will be collecting pet supplies at the 1st base entrance.
Items such as food, beds, blankets, and toys will be colected and donated to the Broward County Humane Society.