We pause to give our sincere thanks and appreciation to those who served our Nation in the armed forces. Whether you served in the front lines and saw active duty in a war, or from the rear or in times of peace, we thank you:
- For the financial sacrifice you made. Military pay has never matched the pay of an ordinary job.
- For the sacrifices your family made, for their fears and worries about you while we all went about our business, and the financial, physical and emotional hardships they went through while you served us.
- For placing yourself in harm's way for the nation, for all of us.
Some of you received military honors and medals. Others served quietly. Some of you came home wounded. Others came home without purple hearts. And some never came home and are resting quietly in cemeteries around this country and overseas.
We all have members of our family who served at one point or another. We all know others who have served. Many of us know some who are serving us right now.
I can recall as a young boy the neighborhood boxing up groceries for families living down the street while their husbands and fathers served overseas in the Vietnam era. I can recall special trays being passed in my church for families of military serving overseas who struggled to make ends meet.
We don't seem to do much of that anymore.
To all veterans, where ever you are today, either home or in the armed services, thank you.