Somethings are harder for me to say than others. I think that perhaps typing them will make it easier, but it doesn’t. I feel trite even bringing this up on Veteran’s day. Because while I might not express it, I am grateful every day to the men and women who have fought to protect this country and thus protect my family and me.
There have been a lot of memes being posted today. I respect those who have done so. I am tempted to share one, but again I can’t seem to find one that captures what I am really thinking. So, I post here today.
Unforetunately, you have to go back generations in my family tree to find in my family someone who has served this wonderful country. Foretunately, I married a woman of good stock and she has provided me relatives that have put their lives on the line for mine.
So, I would like to thank my grandfather-in-law, my father-in-law, and my brother-in-law for their service in the United States Navy. I would also like to thank my friends who have served, and my neighbors as well. I am also honored to work with many men who can carry the title of veteran.
We don’t say it often enough. And saying it today may seem like it is out of obligation. But please note that for me (and I hope for others) it isn’t out of obligation. Rather it is with great respect and dignity that I choose to honor you today. Without your service I can honestly say, this country would not be what it is today. Your service is greater than any politicians. Your service is worth more than the gold in the World.
May God bless you for having served. May your families be blessed for the support they give you as a serviceman. May the men and women of the military always be in our thoughts and our prayers.
Photo Credit: By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Chief Petty Officer Ryan C. Delcore – US Navy 081111-N-8816D-036 World War II veteran Harry J. Thomas, right, a Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class in 1945, stands with Brig. Gen. Brett T. Williams, the 18th Wing Commander, public domain