I remember the times when I was on planes and everyone on the airplane clapped and cheered when uniformed soldiers entered the airplaine. thanking them as they passed on the way to their seats. I remember all the times that I’ve said “Thank You” as I passed their table in a restaurant or in a store. I especially remember my father and how he must have felt on the cold battlefields during the Korean War before the use of computers, advanced battle planning and weaponry. I’m sure that the physical and emotional toll, however, is the same no matter what branch of the service or what war; time away from family and friends, missing special milestones, being at home to enjoy modern conveniences, and simple pleasures such as grabbing a hamburger or a movie. I remember today as we as a nation collectively say “thank you” and remember your sacrifices that keep us a free nation. I say “thank you to those of you who serve and have served this great nation. I say “thank you” to the spouses, parents, grandparents, children, and other relatives who share you with us. I thank the homeless veterans who others seem to have forgotten. I thank those with PTSD who continue to give of their psyche. Thank you for all that you do and have done. May God bless each and every one of you and may God bless the U.S.A.