Monday, July 03, 2006

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    The secret of Happiness is Freedom; the secret of Freedom, Courage.
    -ThucydidesWhere I work, Colors sound every morning and every evening.
    The bugle calls and work stops, just for a few moments,
    as the flag goes up before the salutes. At sundown, it repeats in reverse.
    Twice a day that ritual reminds me that I do not work in an ordinary place. My patients parachuted into Holland in 1943 and were injured in Iraq last week. They spend six months of every year at sea, or 18 months at a time forward deployed. The people I work with - doctors, nurses, corpsman, pharmacists, radiology techs - have run combat hospitals in tents and tsunami relief on hospital ships. All around the world, under that flag hearing that same bugle call. All in a day's work.

    Happy Independence Day.

    15 Comments:

    Blogger Carole said...

    One of my favorite times of the day at reenactments is the evening ceremony of Colors. It must be awe-inspiring to be where you are now. Happy 4th.

    7/04/2006 11:51 AM  
    Blogger Kate D. said...

    Happy Fourth of July, Theresa. Thanks for offering medical care to the amazing people in the Navy. And thanks for being one of them.

    7/04/2006 12:00 PM  
    Blogger Laura said...

    What a great post for Independence Day! Hope yours was a good one ... and thanks for everything you do!

    :)

    7/04/2006 12:31 PM  
    Blogger Liz K. said...

    Theresa, this is one grateful American thanking you for your service to America and our servicepeople.

    7/04/2006 1:00 PM  
    Anonymous Mom said...

    Hi T! We are sooo proud of you and the work that you do! Enjoy all of your moments! Love, Mom

    7/04/2006 2:33 PM  
    Blogger Kimberly said...

    Thank you for all the hard work you are doing. I have many family member who have served in all branches of the military. And I am grateful to all past and present personal who have served or are serving us, the citizens of this country.

    7/04/2006 5:09 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    And now you are a part of that. Thank you for your service and for taking care of those who take care of us!
    Dorothy (Missouri Star)
    dswaite@mac.com

    7/04/2006 6:16 PM  
    Blogger Marsha said...

    Take care of those who have served and are serving and let them know there are those out here who appreciate their sacrifices. We also appreciate your sacrifices and you start your service. We salute you all!!

    7/05/2006 8:20 AM  
    Blogger Valerie Owens said...

    you are an inspiration! great post.

    7/05/2006 10:51 AM  
    Anonymous Emily said...

    Anybody need any socks? I think a Socks for Sailors drive might be neat. They might even be finished when it wasn't nine billion degrees outside. I don't know what made me think of that. Maybe the bunting.
    Happy Independence Day. I hope you had a great one.

    7/05/2006 11:10 AM  
    Anonymous Aunt Carol said...

    Teri, Truely beautiful and a reminder to us all. obviously you are enjoying the tradition of the military. Love, Aunt Carol

    7/05/2006 12:59 PM  
    Blogger Carrie K said...

    Awesome.

    7/05/2006 4:28 PM  
    Anonymous mia said...

    Amazing! I have a lot of issues with our government right now, but there are days (July 4th is one) when I think that the only way for me to feel right about my place in the world would be if I were an army/navy/air force doctor. Hm....

    7/05/2006 5:13 PM  
    Blogger Stephanie said...

    I think it's wonderful that you have a job that is so important and that you can remind us all of the sacrifices made for freedom.

    7/06/2006 9:11 AM  
    Blogger Lynda said...

    Wow- an admirable day's work, you really get to make a difference. Happy Independence day to you, too! - may we never take it lightly.

    7/06/2006 1:36 PM  

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