Today is About Friendship Not War

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.

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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.


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The Boot Campaign is a grassroots initiative started by five women from Texas known as the Boot Girls. The Boot Campaign is a new way Americans can show their support for our active duty service members and veterans. This grassroots campaign has captured the attention of American celebrities and civilians – from professional athletes, politicians, country music stars and more – and is quickly gaining momentum. Money raised will support troops and veterans through the work of the Lone Survivor Foundation and other charities.
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3 Responses to Today is About Friendship Not War

  1. Angela says: blessed to call you my friend. I love your heart!

  2. Christie says:

    Thanks for letting others know what it is to be selfless. It takes a special kind of person to do what people in the military and veterans of the military do and have done. I have been asked before if I think our armed forces make a difference in peace time. The unequivocal answer is yes. We as a nation are strong because of many different reasons but our military in my opinion is second to none. I was military and I have four brothers that are active duty military. Thanks for reminding people that sometimes it is not about the I and that the smile or hug you get from someone you help is more payment then you will ever expect. We all wrestle with our own ghosts but when someone is in need and we are called to help that gets put in the recesses of our mind and we again do what needs to be done. Thanks again and God Bless.

  3. pontiff alex says:

    Yes mam! First I’ve heard of y’all, but I like what you’re saying, and you ladies being from Texas you can’t be all bad…. right?!

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