Twas the night before Christmas and this is what is on my mind.

It is that time of year where people give gifts, share holiday cheer and fill up on delicious food.

Some people believe in Santa Clause, some believe in the birth of Jesus and others simply don’t believe in either or anything.

No matter what someones belief we all have one thing in common. We are free to believe what we want whenever we want due to freedom our forefathers established for us. Those freedoms have continued over the decades due to the heroes that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

There are special days to remember those that served and paid for our freedom in blood. Let’s not just wait until the day comes to remember those that fought for us. Let’s remember them now, today and tomorrow then next day and every morning we wake.

Not everyone is patriotic and not everyone has served in the military. That does not matter. We need to get back to the point where we can join together in unity and put all differences aside.

We need to come together and remember our heroes past and present. We need to turn the t.v. off and dust off the history books to brush up on how we even got here.

As we bring in the new year, let’s dedicate 2016 as a year of unity. We are only strong when we join together as a nation. Other countries look at us and see a divided chaotic mess. This must change!

Last but not least remember this. Heroes do not come in a certain size, ethnicity or background. Heroes are defined as an individual that is selfless, courageous, humble, determined and willing to give up ANYTHING even life itself for someone else’s benefit. 

Heroes are all around us; on the street corner homeless, cold and abandoned by everyone; at the drive thru window trying to support a family off of minimum wage; the old next door neighbor that lives alone and keeps to himself; the lady checking out in front of you with 3 kids, widowed and not enough to pay her bill.

Before you judge someone on the outside, take the time to learn about what is on the inside. The results will shock you. Thank a hero, support our troops and veterans and lets come together for unity in 2016!