Friday, January 02, 2009
The Rose Bowl, "Pasta"-dena, California
Ah, the excitement of football bowl games this time of year, always preceded by the presentation of the colors accompanying our National Anthem and, faithfully, some sort of appearance by our military in the form of an army parachute team dropping in, some Navy jets or an Air Force bomber flyover.
Yesterday, a thunderous pre-game cheer emoted from the Rose Bowl crowd after two B-2 Stealth bombers dropped low over the stadium as they sped past.
I know the enthusiastic cheers are most likely for the much anticipated game that is about to follow. But who in the crowd can't be a little awed by the military might roaring so low above them?
And perhaps the fans are a bit relieved, too, thankful that this display of military might on this day came to celebrate, not decimate.
But maybe it would be nice for festivity revelers to take a moment and give thanks while remembering those our bombers did. It's what makes America the great nation we are.