America has much to be proud of.
Our history is truly unique in the overall story of mankind and the development of nation-states. The single gathering of people for the express purpose of Freedom, was, on it's own, revolutionary.
To then form a nation, with Guaranteed principles of Freedom, was remarkable.
Since the Revolutionary War, however, it has been the men and women of our Nation's Armed Forces that has risked life and limb to ensure that our constitutional guarantees are honored.
Today, we honor those men and women. We honor those vets from every service and every discipline. We honor the soldier on the front lines and the administrator in the back office. We honor the Shippies, the Jocks, the Ground-Pounders. We honor the Corpsman, the Ward-Mamas, the Holy Joes. We honor not only those who served, but their families for standing by and standing strong.
However, it is not enough to just honor our vets. For while we spend this day showing our pride, we must spend every day saying Thank You.
Saying Thank You directly by thanking those that have served at every opportunity, and indirectly by living our lives in ways that preserve the Freedom and show we understand and appreciate what it means.
Friends, we live in amazing times, in an amazing country, don't waste it.
God Bless You, God Bless Our Veterans and God Bless America.