Thursday, August 25, 2011

What's Real


By now this photo is already famous all over the world. It captures a scene from the funeral service of Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jon Tumilson. He was killed in action in Afghanistan in the helicopter crash that killed 22 members of the Navy SEALS recently. His family brought his Lab Hawkeye to the funeral service and when his friend walked to the podium to talk about Jon, his faithful dog followed and laid down next to his casket. I've had dogs all my life and have known firsthand the unparalleled loyalty and love they will give you without asking much in return. More importantly, this animal's display of loyalty for his fallen master should make you think about what's real in this world. I've got no respect whatsoever for anyone that ever put the word "politician" next to their name. The fact remains that whether we are right or wrong in the wars we have waged as a country, good people are lost. I'll trade 100 worthless, self-serving politicians for 1 man like Jon Tumilson who had the heart and the character to risk his own life in support of his country. Keep the good people close to you and remember what matters.