Monday, January 19, 2009

Tiger Woods pays tribute to the military and their families

From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial

By Tiger Woods

I grew up in a military family - and my role models in life were my Mom and Dad, Lt. Colonel Earl Woods.

My dad was a Special Forces operator and many nights friends would visit our home. They represented every branch of the service, and every rank. In my dad, and in those guests, I saw first hand the dedication and commitment of those who serve. They come from every walk of life. From every part of our country. Time and again, across generations, they have defended our safety in the dark of night and far from home.

Each day - and particularly on this historic day - we honor the men and women in uniform who serve our country and protect our freedom. They travel to the dangerous corners of the world, and we must remember that for every person who is uniform, there are families who wait for them to come home safely.

I am honored that the military is such an important part, not just of my personal life, but of my professional one as well. The golf tournament we do each year here in Washington is a testament to those unsung heroes. I am the son of a man who dedicated his life to his country, family and the military, and I am a better person for it.

In the summer of 1864, Abraham Lincoln, the man at whose memorial we stand, spoke to the 164th Ohio Regiment and said:

"I am greatly obliged to you, and to all who have come forward at the call of their country."

Just as they have stood tall for our country - we must always stand by and support the men and women in uniform and their families.


Anonymous said...

Lovely post. It's nice to see other backing the Troops.

I wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed Mark's blog link and especially the YouTube video! I wanted to ask you if I could link the video as a post on my blog? It just made me laugh so much that I wanted to share it.
Would you mind?

Airborne dad said...

Absolutely. You can do it in to ways:

Go to YouTube and post it directly to your blog or you can look in my archives in May 2008 link from there.

I never thought it got the attention it should have. So I would love to see it get another go around.

ABNPOPPA said...

Tiger Woods, a class act. What more can you say!


Anonymous said...

Wonderful, thank you!

Maria M. said...

Glad you're now a TW fan...he sooo much more than just golf!! these are historic times for sure!!

MightyMom said...

what a wonderful tribute!

I may have to repost this!!