Acts of Valor: Then and Now

For the month of July,  my top five commenters will receive a copy of Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell, the story of  Operation Redwing, the extraordinary firefight that led to one of the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.  The Number One commenter will receive an AUTOGRAPHED copy!


236 years ago, a group of 56 men came together and changed the history of the world.   Each year at this time, I am reminded of the courage it took for our Founding Fathers to boldly sign a Declaration of Independence from tyranny.

The Declaration ended with this pledge:

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

There are still courageous American heroes who will pledge their lives, their fortunes and their honor.   If you haven’t already done so, watch the movie, Act of Valor:




I watched it just before flying to a fundraiser in San Diego to lend my support to the non-profit organization, the Boot Campaign ( This event was an incredible experience for me,  hosted by a friend who is a Navy SEAL, and largely attended by Navy SEAL’s, some of whom were in the movie.

 It took an Act of Valor for those 56 men to sign the Declaration of Independence, and there was a cost to each of them. It remains an Act of Valor when men and women of our country  enlist for military service and sign their names on a blank check made payable to the United States of America, not knowing the exact cost which will  to be paid.

Some will pay with their marriages and families.  Some will pay with their physical or emotional health.  And some will pay with their lives.

There is a price for liberty.  There always has been.  There always will be.  May we remember that today and thank someone who has paid the price.

Who can you thank today who is paying the price  or has paid the price?



  • Cindy_Leger

    I would like to give a word of appreciation to my Dad. He is no longer with us…but, he served in the Navy and the Army. He was at Pearl Harbor just a few days after the bombing. Dad had many war stories and I loved listening to them all. I am so thankful for ALL of the men and women who serve our country today for our freedom…my prayers are with them. Happy Birthday America!!!!

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      Thanks for sharing, Cindy – what am honor – I know it means much to have those stories

  • Randy Cline

    I am thankful to know that our country is finally coming around appreciate those who have paid the price. My special “thank you” goes out to my brother in law who spent years in the Viet Nam war..It was that time when those warriors came back home only to get ridiculed and harassed as if that particular war was their fault. OMG! So, again, I commend anyone who shows love and appreciation for today’s (and yesterday’s) warriors!

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      Right on, Randy! And I think our country IS coming around to appreciate our military. A big thanks to your brother in law. He served but his service went unappreciated for many years. We have much to make up for.

  • Rebekah Radice

    Beautiful article Louise! You are absolutely right – signing that declaration was an enormous act of valor. Just as fighting for our freedom still is for every man and woman serving today and since then. They give up so much so that we can enjoy a day like today with our friends and family. Happy 4th my friend and thank you for always putting a very real face on the often forgotten face of our soldiers!

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      Rebekah, you said it – a “very real face” – which it is on our soldiers. They are each someone’s son/daughter, wife/husband, mother/father, nephew, etc. Appreciate you!

  • Sherri Roach

    God Bless all the men, women and families that serve our Country.

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      You said it, Sherri!

  • Lauren Layman

    Great Movie and a great article!
    Happy 4th of July. I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday. I also hope everyone takes a few minutes to remember why we celebrate the 4th of July and to thank our military for serving and protecting our freedoms over the past 200+ years. Many have given all over the years so we have a free today.

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      Lauren – when you think of the MILLIONS who have given their lives so that we can live in freedom, it is humbling indeed.

  • Michael J Maher

    Today, I say Happy Birthday America! I say thank you to those who keep America free. Freedom is not free and many have paid the ultimate price. Those who embody the spirit of our forefathers are our military. God bless the armed forces and God bless the USA! +m2

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      You said, Michael. Freedom is NOT free.

  • Steve Probst

    God Bless the Men and Women who have served our Counrty. Their unselfish sacrafice has made it possibe for us to live free and happy. Today we salute them and say THANK YOU! May your lives be Blessed for all you have given.

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      Steve – “unselfish sacrifice” is what I’m thinking of today. I stand with you to salute all of them and say thank you.