I guess I did it again: Patriot Day, 2013
Well, I let the emotions unreel on my show today and what I discovered is, it's okay to be human and to feel emotions, even if you're a DJ and you cry on the air. You, my lovely listeners, heard me today, trying to pay tribute to those soldiers, marines and sailors who have touched my life.
Of course I could not get through it without crying.
But as Kathleen was quick to point out: "The day you talk about our Patriots and DON'T GET EMOTIONAL is the day you should start worrying about what's wrong with you."
Wow. Powerfully said, Kathleen, and thank you for being an important part of my show today.
Every time someone reaches out to me, I learn more about the patriotism of this great country, and of our listeners right here in the Wabash Valley. Over the past twelve years, I have either supported or had interactions with these Patriots and I wanted to pay them tribute for serving this country.
Neil Garity, the Marine I did Toys for Tots with last Christmas. He has been a friend ever since.
Matthew Harvey...a soldier I supported and he has become part of my life. A wounded warrior, by the way. And about to be a groom!
Shannon Green, my handsome soldier friend, who reached out to me from Afghanistan so many years ago, now a proud husband and father.
My own father and brother, Richard and Jim Cota, who served this country in the Navy and especially my father, who is responsible for my own patriotism and gratitude.
Lori, in Parke County...a military mom of TWO deployed soldiers when we began our communications. Lori says I am what helps her hold it together and I am grateful to her for finding me in her time of need.
Ken Lowe, another local man who found me from way overseas...twice. Much gratitude for being there in the beginning, Kenny.
There are many, many others, but these are the men and women who found their way to my heart since 9/11/2001. I am gratefu.