"America's fighting men and women sacrifice much to ensure that our great nation stays free. We owe a debt of gratitude to the soldiers that have paid the ultimate price for this cause, as well as for those who are blessed enough to return from the battlefield unscathed."
It's Memorial Day weekend in the US, and a time to reflect on those who've fought and died for our country. And for all of their sacrifices, I am thankful beyond words.
In considering the quote above, it's important to remember that even those who return from the battlefield don't return unscathed. My grandfather had nightmares for about 50 years following the war, dreaming he was still aboard his bombed ship, searching frantically for a life jacket.
Thank you, Pop - for everything. You did what was right -- what was needed -- and I'm a better man for having known you.