As a nation we have seen and experienced great tragedies throughout the years, which have been inflicted upon us. We have watched senseless, inhumane acts of  killings, maimings and emotional traumas that will forever mark the lives of those victims and families affected.  A common thread that seems to weave it’s grace through the devastation are the gate keepers (those first responders of our safety), the strangers in the crowd that selflessly jump into action, and the face of a nation as it weeps and mourns.  We have shown again and again that we are brave and we are strong in the face of these horrific  times. As many are laid to rest, the severly injured dig deep for the courage to heal, and hearts  find a way to mend their brokeness…..we know, we truly are  The Home of the Brave.