Do you realize, someday our grandkids (or someone else’s) will ask us what it was like to live during such historical times? Because that’s exactly what we’re doing—we have all witnessed our country (as well as others) go through some major tragedy and changes.

The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of tragedy is of course, September 11. I’ve never met a person that didn’t remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. It’s still so hard to believe something so tragic happened here on American soil.

And it’s usually our grandparents (or great-grandparents) who lived through trying times—for example two World Wars, The Great Depression and Hitler.

Now, here we are living in trying times ourselves—in the middle of what seems to be a “never ending war,” with our nation trillions in debt—not to mention the devastating natural catastrophes all over the world. And what about Columbine, Virginia Tech and the reign and fall of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden—we have lived through what others will only read about later.

And another historical event happened on Tuesday (September 20), the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was officially repealed—which means that gays and lesbians are now free to openly serve in the U.S. armed services. This 18-year-old law allowed gays to serve as long as they didn’t speak of their sexual orientation. And now it’s gone.

Since 1993, over 14,000 troops were discharged as a result of the policy. Seems confusing—if integrity and honor are listed in the handbook, then how did this law pass in the first place?

Where’s the integrity in lying about who you are?

And I realize not everybody feels the same. Yes, we are all entitled to our own opinions—but I see it like this, if you don’t like someone, then don’t talk to them. And if we decide that someone’s lifestyle makes us feel uncomfortable, then that’s our right—but just because we choose not to like someone or disagree with their lifestyle, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t respect them.

How do you feel about the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal? Has America grown when it comes down to accepting homosexuality? Or do you think homosexuality is still an issue with most today?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Please don’t hesitate to tell me what’s OnUrMind.

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