One of my bucket-list goals is to sing the National Anthem at a Portland Trailblazers game. That probably won't happen. Everyone I know can sing better than me. In the mean time, I will continue to work on it.
I'm proud of the four years I spent in the U.S. Air Force, including a tour at Udorn, Thailand at the height of the Vietnam War.
When I sing the National Anthem, I treat it as a love song to America. When you hear our National Anthem at an event, look around at the faces of those who are standing. Watch their expressions as it sinks in. This is America. This is us. Our Canadian neighbors feel the same way when they hear and sing the Canadian National Anthem.
We are America's hope for the future. Let us always be worthy of the gift we have been given, by keeping the American Dream alive.
Happy Veterans Day.