Without those that served on behalf of our wonderful country, who knows what life would be like for me and my family today. Would any of us have even been born? Would my wife and I even have met? Would I have the option of free speech to even begin to write a novel of my own design, or even this little article? Without those that dedicated their lives to keep not only our country safe, but also far off lands that were unfamiliar to them, our world would be a much different place.
Our military, regardless of the branch they had dedicated their lives to in the past, present, or future, deserve our thanks today, and everyday. Take time out of your fun filled day to thank those that have served, and those that plan to serve, but don't let it stop there. Give thanks to those same people everyday. And don't forget to do your part on a local level as well. Help someone in need, share the American spirit with someone not from here, Help protect your neighborhood with a watch program. These little things may seem insignificant, yet they allow the troops and veterans to focus on much bigger issues, rather than splitting their time.
To all of the troops, that have come and gone, and wish to be, I salute you.