A Thank You on Veterans Day

Regardless of one’s personal feelings about the necessity of today’s or any other wars, let’s all take a moment this Veterans Day to remember the sacrifices made by generations of our men and women. My wife wrote the following in her blog today, and I could not have said it better. (I just added the family photos)

My Late Grandfather (in helmet)

Shannon wrote: “Thank you to all the men & women who have served our country in the past, and those that are doing it on this very day. The incredible courage and bravery you show by going to work each day, to protect the rights and freedoms of the rest of us – is awe inspiring.

My Late Father

“Please know that your sacrifices for our country are not unnoticed. And though we do not always thank you as often as we should, know that you are in our hearts and minds not just today. And to the families of these courageous men and women – thank you for all the sacrifices you make as well. You are unsung heroes.

May God protect and bless you all on this Veterans Day, and always.


  1. You must be really proud of the legacy your dad and grandfather left… and you will have to share these pics with Molly as she grows up. So great you have these pictures!

  2. Thank you, Shannon. Yes, I am very proud of them in all aspects of their lives. Their service to country in the military was just one of the many ways they gave back to our country and to the world.My grandfather served in WWII in the Army (pictured above), and his brother flew for the Army Air Corp (before it became the Air Force) also in WWII. My father (shown above) flew jets for the Navy from carriers during the Lebanon Crisis, and our brother in law Jonas saw combat as a Marine. But there is more…My grandfather also, after retiring from a job in the steel industry, traveled and lived in countless third world nations helping them improve their steel forging industries (his area of expertise). And growing up I learned the true meaning of holidays from my father who always took in "strays", people from all walks of life, into our home for holiday celebrations.So, yes, in so many ways I'm very proud of them all.

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