Independence Day

“Without budo a nation goes to ruin, because budo is the life of loving protection.” -Morihei Ueshiba O’Sensei

independence dayD-Day American War Cemetary

Thursday last week, 4 days before Independence Day, there was a sign in the Orem park where we meet to train.

“Freedom is worth fighting for.”

Not a bad theme for our Aikido practice.

The 4th of July is a great time of year to spend time with family. People set off a lot of fireworks.

In all the celebrating take some time to reflect on the men and women that – past and present – that make our country and freedoms possible.

veteran US Army
Higher Ground

“Higher Ground (HG) is a nationally recognized veteran rehabilitation program that combines sports, family and coping therapies to restore and rehabilitate men and women of the armed forces who have been severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“(HG) specializes in serving veterans with traumatic brain injuries (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), polytrauma, blindness, and mental illness.

“(Also) visual impairments, amputations, spinal cord injuries, severe burns, and hearing impairments.”

“I learned to do something new that I couldn’t do before my injury. I thought, WOW, if I can learn this, what else is out there for me?” -Jason Palmer, US Army

Seven Miracles That Saved America
by Chris and Ted Stewart

“Compelling evidence that the hand of Providence has indeed preserved the United States of America on multiple occasions.”

Credits: Photo of US Army Vet courtesy of Michael Richter. Photo of American War Cemetary courtesy of Fabrizio Turco.