Christ Pratt shared an incredibly emotional “Veterans Day” post, and I’m still drying the tears from my eyes.
Pratt is one of the few celebrities in Hollywood who is unashamed of his patriotism, and he regularly gives his time to those who continue to sacrifice so much for us.
In 2016 Pratt joined other celebrities in “Got Your 6,” which is a program that helps veterans re-integrate into society. Last year, Pratt took part in the #Flex4Forces campaign hosted by the USO. Earlier this year, the Avengers star used his massive social media platform to help promote the Murph Challenge — which honors U.S. Navy SEAL LT. Michael Murphy, who was killed in combat and posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his bravery.
Today, he posted a message dedicated to all those who served, including his big brother, Cully.
“This is my older brother Cully. I always wanted to be exactly like him. We were the same size despite our three year difference in age so as a kid I would wear the same clothes he wore, literally the day after he wore them- picking them up off the floor in his room. What can I say? He knew how to match and I liked the smell. One day his friends started to notice and he kindly urged me to wear my own clothes. He is a good big brother. He’s always led with love.”
“Growing up we wrestled for hours every day and smashed every bit of furniture in the house but never actually fought. He taught me everything. He put up with me and my incessant hyperactivity and forced his friends to do the same. I say all this to point out that he’s a real person. And the more we can look at our veterans for who they are, actual people, with siblings and parents, with children and funny pasts- the more we can approach our relationships to them with compassion and understanding.”
“My brother didn’t join the army because he wanted to be Rambo. He joined because it was an opportunity for a hard nosed kid who couldn’t afford college, somebody who wanted to get the hell out of his small town and probably wanted his own clothes.”
“We have the greatest armed forces the world has ever seen. It’s made up of real people who joined for myriad reasons. Brave men and women who sacrifice a whole hell of a lot. Today is their day. So celebrate a veteran today.”
“Today I celebrate Cully, as well as my cousin Curtis, Uncle Steve, Uncle Skip, second Cousins, Joey and Alex, besties Jared and Jeffrey, all those I’ve fished for hunted with, those who’ve blessed me with their challenge coins as I’ve encountered them on press junkets and in my travels, the many in the film industry working both in front of and behind the cameras. To those currently serving and those out thanks for your service. We appreciate you!”
I couldn’t have said it any better myself. Sometimes we forget that the men and women who serve are just that: men and women.
Thank you veterans for your service, and God bless America.