Today we remember all of those brave soldiers that defend the freedom that we enjoy. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness would not be possible if these men and women were not making huge sacrifices for each of us. Mom's and dad's that are away from families and children, men and women that have protected and served for decades at such great sacrifice.
Today, and every day, we say thank you for your gift. You have given to us an opportunity for peace. You have helped make it possible for us to learn and grow. Life and happiness would mean nothing without liberty.
Thank you to your loved ones, who let you go to fulfill this calling. Thank you to your spouses and children who waved goodbye but made sure to say "I'll see you soon!". Thank you to those that are praying for you all over the world as you make this sacrifice. Thank you to all of the soldiers that have gone before you, those who washed away the pain with their tears. Thank you to those who made a way with strength, determination and perseverance. Thank you to those who entered the gates of heaven to an honorable salute from our heavenly Father. And thank you to those that returned home: job well done, mission accomplished!
Words fall short of expressing all that we truly feel. May each and every veteran know the thoughts and the intentions of a thankful heart...the heartbeat of a nation...ONE nation UNDER GOD, indivisible, with LIBERTY and justice for ALL!