Nov 132012

30 Days of Thankfulness

(A handy reminder for me to do what we are commanded in Scripture.)

November 11th, 2012. Day 11.

I am thankful for Veterans.

This is a recap of my Veteran’s Day post from last year. I’m taking Veterans Day as a family day with our personal Vet, so I’m not going to try and write something fresh, when this was written from my heart and is all still true.

I don’t have anything deep and profound to share with you today, but I didn’t feel that that excused me from posting my heartfelt thanks.

Freedom, indeed, is not free.

Our men and women in uniform are brave, selfless people. They have made a choice to stand for what is right.

Even when I disagree with political things that are happening in our country. Even if the cause for which our troops are sent out to fight is misguided or poorly managed.

Even then.

What is a Veteran?
A “Veteran” – whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve – is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount of “up to and including my life.”

(Saw that on Facebook – no attribution)

My father served. My father-in-law served, and his two brothers who also served were both killed in action. My husband served active duty time, and continues in the Reserves. A sweet young man who was a family friend served, and gave his life in 2010 in Afghanistan with the Dark Horse Marines. The list goes on.

I am proud, so proud, to be associated with people who will stand in harm’s way to protect my family, my freedoms, and my way of life — and yours.

My gratitude goes out to all the men and women of our armed services – past, present, and future.

And I also especially wish to thank all the military families. Mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, and children of service members.

Thank you for letting them go, knowing that they may be called upon to make that ultimate sacrifice.

Thank you for supporting them, encouraging them, praying for them, and “keeping the home fires burning.”

You have sacrificed, too. And it is appreciated.

(The beautiful photo is from Free Republic)

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