Thank you to all the courageous men and women who do and have put your lives on the line to protect and defend our nation. Thank you to their families, who willingly part with their loved ones while they serve the country. Your sacrifices are received with a grateful heart.
My father and my mother both served in the U.S. Navy. My brother served in the U.S. Army. My grandfather was in the military. I’ve had great-uncles in the military. And so back it goes, as far as I’ve been able to trace.
In the Civil War, one of my great-great-granduncles fought for the Union, and perished on the first day of the Battle of Shiloh. I’m proud to call him family. He was young, and paid the ultimate price. I’m sure I had other relatives fighting for the Union, and I salute them.
I probably had kin who fought for the Confederacy and likewise gave their lives for their homes and country, and I respect them as well.
While Joe was in Germany, he took photographs of a war memorial from World War I and World War II. It was a poignant reminder that even those whom we perceive to be the enemy are fighting for their homes, their families, their country, what they believe to be a just cause, and their families mourn their loss.
To all veterans, I just want to say thank you.