Everyone loves taking the day off on Labor Day, enjoying the Pleasanton social life, firing up the grill for a backyard barbecue or taking an end-of-summer trip to the beach.
But as those of us back home are enjoying our weekend, let's not forget our troops in Afghanistan or Iraq, especially today. They will not have the day off. They'll be doing the same thing they do every day, defending freedom.
Let's compare how our troops will be spending their Labor Day weekend.
While we attended religious services this weekend, listening to sermons and kneeling to pray for peace, prosperity, good health and family, in Afghanistan our troops prayed too, not in big beautiful churches, but huddled together outside their trucks ready to go out and meet the enemy. They prayed that they make it back alive and live to see the day when they can see their loved ones again.
Is there anything better than a nice Labor Day barbecue in the backyard or a picnic at the park? Many of us will hang out on the patio grilling up delicious hot dogs and hamburgers.
Our troops in the field will make due with M.R.E.s that come with a meager hot entrée, and usually a piece of bread or cracker. Luckily the packages come with salt and pepper, but even that isn't always enough to make these MREs more than barely edible.
Don't we all love to enjoy the outdoors? Here we are enjoying a nice hike on the Ridge and the natural beauty of this magnificent city we live in.
Our troops, meanwhile, are spending their day climbing huge mountains out in Afghanistan. In the oppressive heat of Afghanistan, our troops have to tough it out with only the supplies they can carry with them on those dangerous and long mountain climbs.
In our leisure time, isn't it nice to kick back and enjoy the day watching the start of football season, walking downtown and visiting with our friends and family?
In Afghanistan, our troops don't get to spend their free time watching the big game. They spend their free time cleaning their weapons and making sure their equipment is in good working order.
These photos and messages come from www.moveamericaforward.org which invites the public to send care packages through its organization. More information can be obtained at the web site or by calling (916) 441-6197.