For as long as I can remember, I have always approached men and women in uniform and said, "Thank you for your service." I try to always make a point of doing this. Several years ago, my son asked me, "Mom, why do you always do that?" I told him, "Because thanks to them and the sacrifices they make by protecting our country and being away from their families, I'm able to be here with you and my family in a country that is free." I have no idea if the gravity of that statement really meant anything to him. Honestly, I can't say I truly understand the sacrifice our military are willing to make - but I CAN say, I'm grateful.
When I look at the picture below, I see husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, and sons and daughters. For every single face there are people who love them and miss them and would love to have them near rather than away.
So, this is why I say thank you.
So, today, in honor of the freedom we get to enjoy day in and day out in this wonderful place we call home, thank a vet for their service. I am proud to say Birmingham, Alabama has the nation's oldest Veterans Day parade which began in 1947. If you live in the Birmingham area, it is truly something to see! M.