I would be remiss if I didn’t speak about what makes America Exceptional, and that would be our our heroes, the American Military branches. There are men and woman of our armed services that will not be home for the holidays. We owe them our support and gratitude. Especially to the families of the deployed men and woman because their sacrifice is the greatest. We have many Hawai’i National Guard on deployment around the world, and in some of the most hostile and dangerous places. We offer a benediction for their safe return, and we will not forget their service to our country.
On our island is the Pohakuloa training camp, together with Bradshaw Army airfield. It is located on Mauna Kea in the high altitudes of the volcano. This is the same mountain where the international observatories are located. The training area simulates the mountainous locations where many of our troops are deployed. Despite the protests by activists, the training area is necessary for military readiness. The military does respect the cultural significance of the mountain, despite the peace activists stirring up trouble.
Many of these soldiers will come into Hilo town to shop and they will be in uniform. Whenever we see them in the stores, we always greet them with a handshake and a big Thank You! After all, these are all volunteers and we are grateful for their courage and strength to do what is a very dangerous job. These are very special people, very special families, and they deserve special exceptional thanks.
As Americans, we get to set back and enjoy the holidays. As I prepare a feast for Thanksgiving day, I like to take time out to enjoy activities I don’t always get a chance to do. Like watching old television episodes I grew up with. Star Trek was one of those shows. I like programs that have a moral message of hope for the future. The show inspired me to get into a high-tech career. It afforded me the opportunity to be successful. Unlike the modern programs you see today that offer no redeeming value, and can be somewhat vulgar and unpatriotic. It’s nice to be reminded of a futuristic fantasy that ties the American values into the story.
Star Trek always fascinated me. Here was a story of a military federation of explorers and scientists. Their goal to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations. In this clip from the episode Omega Glory, the Enterprise encounters a earth like world with an interesting Constitution.
I miss these shows. Very few shows today have a moral high ground to promote American values such as Star Trek did. I don’t know where things went wrong in American society. Maybe people stopped caring. Maybe the Greatest Generation after WW2 wanted to put all that horror behind them, and they failed to teach the boomers and millennials why we fight for freedom. Because freedom isn’t free.
Lastly, random acts of kindness should be a practice year round, and not just during the holidays. It restores my faith in people and society that there is goodness to be found. In this ending clip from Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, it shows what it’s like for some people that have no one, no family, and no home. Sometimes they are either forgotten, down on their luck, troubled, or any number of issues. Some are even veterans. As a society, we should do whatever we can to help. We may not be able to do a lot, but even a little does help. Aloha!