I briskly walked beyond my normal route. Sweat began to fall as the heat increase and the music in my ears propelled me forward. I turned the corner to a familiar site. I had never taken time to see what the flag represented, but today I stopped because it was at half staff.
I was frozen in my steps...I couldn't move forward as I recognized the flag. Motionless I stood. I turned off the songs, and I bowed my head.
The flag flying at half staff was for the United States Marines.
My return walk home now had a new purpose as I prayer walked.
As I turned the corner again I had to smile.
Our homeowners association had made sure our flags were flying at half staff.
My walk today may have burned up calories, but more important it reminded me of what is important. My prayers continue on all levels for our military and our nation.