Today is Veterans’ Day. I don’t take this day lightly at all. My family has been blessed to have military service members defending our country’s freedom since the Vietnam War. I grew up in a household where you held your hand over your heart when the National Anthem played. As a young man, you took off your hat. You told servicemen and servicewomen thank you when you saw them in public. You helped the family members left behind while their loved one was on deployment. God forbid there should be a knock on the door of a neighbor or friend’s home with news of death, you prayed for them, you sat with them, you cooked for them. You were there.
Today, in a time where there is danger at every turn and the opportunity for heartache in every deployment, my family pauses to say ‘thank you’ to all who have served, are serving, and those who will one day serve. We recognize the sacrifice you undertake daily and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.