I have no doubt that America is the greatest country in the world. I am very thankful for the freedoms we have but I know that freedom isn't free. Our freedom has been and continues to be fought for and secured by countless men and women who put their lives at risk every single day.
If you've been around a bit, you know my son Matt is currently serving in the US Army and is deployed to Iraq. I thank God for his safety but I also thank God for his mind being sharp, for him staying alert and having good judgment when necessary. There are not enough words for me to express my pride in what he is doing. It is more physically, mentally and emotionally challenging than anything I have ever done (or probably ever will do.) Yet, he and thousands of other soldiers do what they do everyday.
Veterans Day isn't about politics... it's about honoring the men and women who stood in the gap for our country and what it represents. I count it a great privilege to say there are veterans in every aspect of my life... my grandfather, my father, my fathers-in-law, my brother, my brother-in-law, uncles, cousins, friends, colleagues. I'm thankful for these men every day but today, I'd like to especially thank them.
To be a veteran, one must know and determine one's price for freedom.
Honoring all who served. Thank you.