A Veteran - whether active duty, retired, National Guard, or Reservist....is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a check payable to "The United States of America" for an amount of "up to and including my life".
That is an honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.
For most people today is a chance to enjoy a day off from work, to sleep late & maybe to do a cookout, go to the park or visit friends and family.
For me, today is always a day I remember those friends throughout fourteen years of service, who for whatever reason, had to cash that check they wrote.
I am proud to have known you, and honored to have served with you. The sacrifices made by you and your families will never be forgotten as long as I live. Thank you for giving of yourself that others may know freedom.
Rest in peace.