Just wanted to pause and pay tribute to the many Veterans across our nation. We owe them so much. I guess it's probably because of Papaw's influence on my life, but I always find myself noticing a Veteran's license tag, imagining what his particular war experience was like. Other times, I'll pass an older gentleman wearing a cap that says, "Vietnam Veteran" or "Korean War Veteran". And I stop and imagine what massive change was effected in his life because of the simple words printed on that cap.
Even though this last week represented a sad change for our country, and John McCain's personal defeat for the presidency, for some odd reason I picked this week to read his book, "Faith of My Fathers". I highly recommend that you read this book, and I only wish I would have read it sooner. Even though I already knew his story, hearing the whole thing in his own words certainly provides better insight into what makes this man who he is- the good and the not-so-good. He endured great suffering, and shares the stories of other men who endured more torture than he. Yet the CODE that they lived by as servants of the USA is inspiring, and tear-inducing.
Thank you, men and women of the U.S. Armed forces...past and present! You are truly the unsung heroes that make our way of life possible. God bless you.