As my teammate is laid to rest today, I am meditating over the pledge we all took upon joining AmeriCorps. I am not a hugely patriotic person, but this pledge cuts deep into me. It fills me with the memories of my service to our country; the blood, sweat and tears shed by myself and my teams. While we did not engage in military warfare to protect our country; we did clean up the refuge of disaster, educate underprivileged children and work alongside fellow Americans struggling to piece back together their lives. While we did not have weapons to protect our nation, we were there, there when a strong pair of arms was needed to carry the load. We served our country peacefully and diligently. Through our service, we nurtured our nation and fellow citizens. For this, I feel pride in knowing we have done our part. Simply put; we showed up and GOT THINGS DONE!