Ok, so most of you know Memorial Day was on Monday, and no I didn't do a post for Memorial Day, mostly because this holiday in remembrance for military members who have died while in while in service for our great nation has become just another day off. Also because I think in some small way for Americans, everyday should be Memorial Day. Even if it is just a thought about what has been sacrificed for American freedoms. Now back to Bob Hope, he was a real and true American patriot. He lived every day like it was Memorial Day.
Bob Hope donated countless hours to the USO (an organization that boosts troop moral). He did this out of a great love of America and because he believed in our troops. He started his work with the USO in 1941 and continued his work with the organization for 60 years. He headlined shows to entertain troops, often risking his life by going into war zones. Now, to me, this is going above and beyond for our troops. And while I can't thank him personally because he died in 2003, I would like to say thank you now. Thank you Mr. Hope for your service to my country, to the troops who defend my nation and for your great sense of humor. You really were a national treasure.
So today I will take my kids to the Community Center that was named for a man who was born a British citizen, emigrated to America when he was five years old, and became an American citizen when he was seventeen. I will think about the troops he entertained and the sacrifices they made. I will also be glad that Mr. Hope not only entertained the troops, but the community center named after him can continue his work and entertain my children and the other children of troops stationed abroad.