Today is Veteran’s Day. There are so many things that we have to be grateful for in our country. Since our country began, our men and women have sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we have today. My father fought in WWII. My grandfather and my uncles all fought in the wars, experiencing the nightmares that never go away. They did their duty, all fought in the name of freedom. Even though they did not occur on American soil, it does not take away from their sacrifices. In fact, it means more. Not only did they fight for our fundamental freedoms, but also for those people of other countries whose freedoms were under attack. Let us not forget that without them, our lives would be much different. We would not be as strong and safe as we are today. This world is a scary place and they have seen it first hand. Those of us who stayed behind will never fully understand the horrors of war. Whether they served in one of our World Wars to end all wars, the Korean, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq, Iran, or any of the many, many fronts, our people have fought for us and continue. I also want to thank the family members of our fighting men and women, who deal with their absence everyday. You are not forgotten.
On this Veteran’s Day, take a moment to thank our veterans for their sacrifices and remember those who never came home to us. Today, November 11, 2010, I would like to wish them all a peaceful Veteran’s Day. Thank you for your service.