By Boot Girl Myra
Like you, I’ve been glued to my tv and internet watching the devastating and magnificent footage unfolding in Japan. I am in awe at the power of the multiple natural disasters occuring, and sick to my stomach all at once. These are not videos created in a special effects studio or sound stage in Hollywood. They are real and dangerous accounts, an eerie recap of only a year ago: a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the small nation of Haiti. The impact and devastation is still unfolding there more than 14 months later. My mind wanders as I consider what one geologist said of Japan, “this 8.9 magnitude earthquake is 3,000 times greater in impact than the one in Haiti”.
As the story unfolds in Japan throughout the day and for weeks to come, we will once again become a nation who assists our friends in their most dire moments. And who are the first responders outside of Japan’s own infrastructure? You are! It’s YOUR military. There. Now. The Navy’s 7th Fleet is stationed in Yokosuka with 40,000 active-duty personnel. Just hours ago it was stated that all US military personnel were safe, and already in preparation to assist even before being asked.
I’m reminded that our military don’t just serve and protect us from our enemies. Our military are on the front lines acting as triage for nations left in devastation, needing hope and help from a friend. I don’t know about you but in my darkest moments of life, the presence and support of a real friend give me hope to get to the next minute, hour, day, week . Today we stand ready to help our friend Japan; just like friends do, we come and assist without waiting to be asked.
This moment isn’t about war, though our enemies would like you to believe it’s always about them. It’s about the other side of military service that rarely gets the opportunity to shine. It’s the side where we unite as a nation to serve our friends by offering something so simple as a cold cup of water.
Today is your day to honor your military. So put your boots on! Support the efforts of your soldiers offering a cold cup of water, in YOUR name, to our Japanese friends whose day has been impacted and devastated for years to come.