I want to talk about an American Hero

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There has been so much said recently about Patriotism, Heroes and being a true American. I have kept my mouth shut (mostly).Election Day is really the day we celebrate being Americans. The 4th of July is a great picnic and the fireworks are always appreciated but Election Day is the real celebration.

The talking heads and pundits all have their take on what being a true American means. The armchair politicos and bar stool experts will tell you what they think Patriotism is and who they think is a Hero.

On Election Day my mind turns to someone I consider to be a Hero, a Patriot and a great American. He served in Vietnam, by choice. I'm sure he could have come up with some type of deferment but he didn't. He served his country because he felt it was the right thing to do. He came home from the war and was so ill treated for his service that he hesitated to tell people where he had been. This did not sour or embitter him to his country, he remains proud to be an American.

He owns a small business, has helped many people get started in their careers and has always paid his taxes. According to some, that alone makes him a Patriot although I'm not too sure. He is involved in the political process as an informed voter. He is not afraid to argue a position even if it is not popular. He is not overbearing in his opinions and is always willing to listen to the other side.

This man taught his children to be fair, to be aware and to be unafraid to stand up for what is right. He taught his children that liberal is not a dirty word and neither is conservative. He taught his children that every vote counts and even one person can make a difference. He practices what he preaches and in my mind this makes him a hero.

In a time when there seems to be a spin on everything from the environment to a candidate's wardrobe it's nice to know there are real heroes we can count on. We may not be able to vote for them but we can count on them to vote with us.

Thanks Dad!

Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC - Hilton Head Island, SC

A heart warming story----thank goodness for this great country and the people!

Nov 05, 2008 04:38 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

A wonderful tribute to your dad.  We all can exercise our right to vote thanks to those who have served our country.

Nov 05, 2008 04:38 AM
Fred Forbes - Dad, PA Architectural Photographer

Wow - I didn't know that was coming.  The best part, Beth has touched a whole lot of people about their relationships with their dads.  Me too with mine.  I loved what you wrote, Rebecca!  And Jennifer, if I were too humble to respond, I would never have done my little part to raise Beth as Beth.

I have always felt that if you loosen the reins a bit, the horse probably won't go crashing into a cliff. 

Being the dad of my adult Beth has sure been fun.

Now to the real issue -- my politics is kind of like the gearshift of a '60's sports car - between the seats.  My neighbor, rest his soul, couldn't understand why I was still alive, since I was was such a bleeding liberal there was no blood left.  When one hangs out the passenger side window, the other must hang out the driver's side or the vehicle will be blown around by the wind. 

I loved what I saw last night in Chicago.  At 12:30 AM I almost called Beth, and she probably thought the same as I did - better not call so late.  I'm sure she knew.  We are bumps on the same log.


Nov 05, 2008 04:54 AM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
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Fred Forbes Sighting!!!

Holy Bleeding Liberal, Batman;)

Hello Mr. Forbes!

Nov 05, 2008 05:36 AM
Beth Forbes
The mortgage help you want when you need it. - Center Valley, PA
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Anthony- You've got that right!

Janis- Thank you! I think my Dad's pretty special and there are so many other people who have contributed as much or more to our great country.

Tina- There are so many small stories and I just wanted to share mine. Thanks for listening!

Raylene- That is very kind. God bless us all.

Rebecca- Thank you for sharing your story. Your father was obviously a wonderful man. And trust me, I never take mine for granted and since I tell him just about daily I hope he knows how much I love him.

Jason- Thank you for your kind comment. I thought Election Day was appropriate since we talk politics all the time.

Eric- So nice of you to say so!

Kat- Thanks so much! I'm not so sure but Dad seems to think he did so that's what counts.

Diane- I couldn't agree more.

Joan- I'm thrilled that so many people exersized that right yesterday and I'm sure my Dad is too.

Victoria- I am so sorry for your loss. Your father will always watch over. That's what they do!

Steve- I think it's wonderful when people get recognized for overcoming adversity but guys like your Dad and mine get all the credit in th world as far as I'm concerned. Doing the right thing and making good choices is often very difficult but they do it all the time.

Dad- So you're middle of the road???? Here I thought you were a bunny hugging, bleeding heart liberal. My illusions are shattered... :-) I was dead drunk asleep at 12:30!

Nov 05, 2008 05:51 AM
Sherry Lee Cox
Platinum Properties - Paso Robles, CA

Kudos to you for publicly applauding your Dad and all American Veterans.  Where would we be without them?

Nov 05, 2008 06:57 AM
Rich Ferretti
Rich Ferretti Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
ABR QSC Realtor/Broker, Charlotte NC Real Estate a

Hello Beth

What a great post!!!!! I too served and didn't want to talk about it. I remember coming back and being spit on in Seattle airport.

I'm a Dad also and truly appreciate your message.

God Bless you


Charlotte NC

Nov 05, 2008 07:58 AM
David M. Childress
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Akron, OH
I would love to be your Realtor® in Akron Ohio!

As a father of a beautiful and intelligent daughter, your post touched me. There was never any excuse for blaming the brave soldier in Nam and not appreciating their great sacrifce to us here at home. As a college student at the time I started to hate the young liberal activists. I was at Kent State the time of the shootings and believe me it was a mess and was caused by a few radicals that were not even from Ohio. God bless your dad for his service.

Nov 05, 2008 09:36 AM
The Somers Team
The Somers Team at KW Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
Delivering Real Estate Happiness

Beth, well said !  It is important to not just remember our own individual heroes but to recognize them as such too !

Nov 05, 2008 09:37 AM
Tim Monciref - Austin, TX
Over 2,000 homes sold…..

It is now over.  Now it is time to try to save the lower and middle class in the years to come.  God willing there will be compromise.  If all goes as plans it will kill me to lay off people who are currently struggling to make a living.  I may lose at least 10 employees if all that is desired is passed.  We have to be strong and fight for those who think they are not going to be massively hurt by this election.  As Americans, we can produce miracles.........

Nov 05, 2008 10:55 AM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Evening Beth, Lots of definitions of being a patriot - I really like yours!

Nov 05, 2008 11:04 AM
Jason Carpentier - San Antonio, TX

Thanks for sharing Beth.  Very well said.

Nov 05, 2008 11:43 AM
Hawaii homes
Century 21 iProperties Hawaii - Honolulu, HI

That was a great message Beth.

Nov 05, 2008 11:45 AM
Radmila Khamzina
First World Mortgage - West Hartford, CT

Beth-this is a very heart touching and heart felt tribute.  Thank you for sharing it with us.  Your dad truly is an american hero. 

Nov 05, 2008 12:00 PM
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~

That is a beautiful tribute to your dad and may God Bless you and your family

Nov 05, 2008 12:28 PM
Kris Kombrink ~ The Kombrink Team
RE/MAX Excels - Chicago's Western Suburbs - Geneva, IL

Touching post, Beth.  As a proud father of 3 I strive to teach my children to be fair and not burden them with what I think is right.  Everyone has their own opinion, right?

Nov 05, 2008 12:38 PM
Dawn Helena Anderson
Coldwell Banker - Quality Properties - Porter Ranch, CA
Realtor Since 1998

Thank You for sharing such a "Great Tribute" to your father! 

Nov 05, 2008 02:15 PM
Audrey June-Forshey
RE/MAX Realty Services - Darnestown, MD
GRI, Gaithersburg, MD

Good for you.  Seems like there was a time when we used to get along?  Where did all the hatefulness come from?  Good for you for having a dad that taught you to think and tolerate other people.

Nov 05, 2008 03:47 PM
Debbie Hutchins
Birmingham, AL

Very touching!  Your dad has obviously raised and taught you well. I am sure he is as proud of you as you are of him.   He is definitely a true American Hero. 

Nov 06, 2008 03:50 AM
Esko Kiuru
Bethesda, MD


That's a nice tribute to your father. In the last several years the word patriotism has really been tossed around by politicians who tried to use it for their own career advantage. What a shame.

Nov 06, 2008 07:41 AM