Today, I am thankful for the men and women who died in the defense of the freedoms and choices I enjoy and usually take for granted. I hope that the fruits of my life will prove that they did not die in vain.
Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this Nation.
~Henry Ward Beecher
For this blessing, I am grateful.