Early in the morning on Saturday we left Wolverine Park Marina in Erie, idled under the glass skybridge, past the Bicentennial Tower, and into the channel out to Lake Erie.
Just before 8AM we passed the Erie Coast Guard station along the channel. We noticed a trio of uniformed Coast Guard service members standing quietly at attention near the flagpole.
We stopped the boat and witnessed what for them may have been a routine morning flag raising at exactly 0800, but for us was a short, unexpected reminder of the value and importance of our citizenship, our nation, freedom.
A good way to start the day.