I had a WWII hero in my family. He died six weeks ago. In all the time I knew him, I never thanked him for his service.
He would tell my son about all of his adventures, and my son idolized him. But we didn't say "thanks."
So, I'll do it now. Thanks, John, for your service to our country. I'll think of you whenever I see the flag waving on my front porch because you fought for that flag, our freedom, and the freedom of those in other countries. I honor you. I love you.
Please take the time to thank a veteran or a service man or woman. It doesn't have to be today, and you don't even have to know the person. If you see someone in public in uniform, take a moment to thank them for their service. It'll make you both feel good.
And if you're one of those anti-war protesters who thinks every war is about oil and we should chat and have tea with our enemies, thank a vet anyway. You'll understand what I'm talking about when you grow up.