I love that my gym has these flags hanging above us. A constant reminder of what we have as a free country even though there was a price to pay for it. And for that I'm grateful to all those who gave to it.
One specifically strikes me to the core. I had the great opportunity to serve along side my brothers and sisters in blue. LEOs get such a bad rep from media outlets that it's now glamorized amongst the communities to hate and disrespect cops. I know this isn't everyone and in fact it's just a small portion. But when that's all that the media covers it feels constant. It's easy to critique an officer involved shooting when you have the time to review it multiple times. All of a sudden everyone becomes an expert on what should've happened.
Unfortunately, it doesn't happen that way. LEOs have to react and do so in that split second, keeping in mind the commitment and oath they took, which is to protect the community and all those in it. And secondly, going home safely at the end of the day. To their loved ones. To their spouse. To their kids. To their families.
Yes we did voluntarily sign up to do this, but to do it peacefully and go home and continue with life.