11 November 2008

Veteran's Day

I want to take the opportunity today to express my appreciation for the soldiers who are currently serving our country, for the men and women who have served our country, and especially for those who have given their lives serving our country.

I don't come from a military family. In fact, I think I only have a couple of great uncles who have any military experience. However, I have several friends and students who are currently serving or who have served in the military and I'm so grateful for their willingness to go to war and to protect our freedoms. All of them are incredible people and I want them to know that I appreciate their service!

I've had the opportunity to visit several war memorials and each time I go, I am so touched by the names of the men and women who have died in wars. I'm impressed by their stories and inspired by their courage. War is never a good thing, but the soldiers who serve are examples of grace and class and I hope that I live in such a way that expresses my acknowledgment for the sacrifice they've made that provide the freedoms I enjoy today.

So, thank you for serving!