Thursday, November 11, 2010

A moment to say Thank You

Growing up in the western suburbs of St. Louis, MO, I was not exposed to the military too much. Sure, every once and a while, someone from the neighborhood would have a family member for joined the Army, Navy or Air Force. Outside of that and movies, I really did not understand what that meant. I know my parents tried to teach me but being the stubborn kid I was, I didn't pay any attention.

On September 11th, I got my first taste of why these people need to be saluted more than once a year. As I sat in the living room of my apartment watching the horrors unfold in PA, NY and Washington DC, I finally understood how fortunante I had been to enjoy the freedom that this country provides. I'm sure that there had been other moments where I had seen just how great this country is but it really wasn't until that moment, that I truely respected it. I'm not proud of that, I was just a dumb kid with too much time on his hands.

When I met my wife, I knew I was marrying into a military family. Her father has been involved with the Air Force in one aspect of another since the age of 18. I respect the hell out of him. Since starting my relationship with my wife and getting closer to her family, I have really learn to understand the sacrefice and committment it takes from entire families to be in the military.

On this Veteran's Day, I wanted to take a break from posting about baseball and umpiring to say thank you to all the men and women in the United States Military. I also wanted to say thank you their families for the sacrifice they make. I am proud to be an American and I get to say that because of all the men and women who serve this great nation. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all that you do to protect the freedoms that we sometimes take for granted. We could never repay you for the committment and sacrifice you give but we should always try. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!!!

God Bless America!!!

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