I don’t have much to add that I haven’t said elsewhere.
If you’re an American, you owe your freedom to those who risked their lives in your defense.
But, you know, I doubt that there are many Americans today who don’t realize that.
And whether you agree with the wars we are currently fighting or not, I think most Americans can distinguish between the war and the warrior. As a vet myself, and from where I sit, there is little evidence that the vast majority of Americans don’t appreciate their veterans. I see it every day. Having grown up in the 60’s, when widespread distaste for the military was common, the difference today is striking – at least to me. Certainly, as I’ve said repeatedly here and elsewhere, I think there’s a hell of a lot more that could be done – but, frankly, compared to how America treated her veterans in the last few decades, I’ll take what I can get.
For those of you who stand the watch in the dark and dangerous corners of the world, thanks.
For those of you who have served, in peace or in war, and like me have now hung up your sword, thanks.
And for those of you who appreciated that sacrifice, who sent your sons and daughters and husbands and wives and fathers and mothers and sisters and brothers off to war, thank you too. Thanks for thinking of us on this day and all the others.
Enjoy the day folks.