Today marks 11 years since our nation was attacked in the name of radical Islam. We have made much progress in countering the threat posed by those who would do us harm, as evidenced by the death of Osama Bin Laden among many others. However, America still faces serious dangers that our leaders must not ignore.
Let us not forget the cowardly attack on our country on September 11, 2001. Let's remember those who fight for our freedoms.
During our everyday it’s easy to become focused on our own little worlds, whether in the political arena and the recent elections or on our troubled economy and how much effort it takes just to pay the bills or on our kids and their needs. This year, I want to urge us all to say a prayer of thanksgiving and protection for those men and women who are making great sacrifices for all of us — our U.S. military.
As the saying goes, “Freedom is not free.” Government did not build Aardvark Antiques but many men and women have died keeping our freedom and giving us opportunity to pursuit happiness.
This Thanksgiving I will be blessed enough to sit with my own family and friends and eat a wonderful meal feeling secure. But throughout the country, many families will have an empty seat — or more — at the table. Parents, spouses, and children will be missing a member of the family due to their overseas service for our country, fighting for the freedom that we take for granted every single day.
I cannot express how grateful I am for our servicemen and women and their families who have sacrificed so much to protect our nation. To all of our military personnel, especially those who will be celebrating Thanksgiving in tents in Iraq or the deserts of Afganistan and in other parts of the world without their families, thank you for your service and your sacrifice. You will never meet most of the people whose lives you have stepped up to protect, yet we are eternally grateful.
To the wives and husbands of those servings overseas, know that your sacrifice is not unnoticed. Those many lonely nights, solo-parenting days, and time spent e-mailing to your loved one or waiting for their call are huge sacrifices, and we thank you. And to the children of parents serving in the military, you have already given up so much at such a young age. Your parents are true heroes.
To those who have lost their son or daughter, husband or wife, sister, mother, brother, or father, words fall far short of the gratitude necessary to thank you for your sacrifice. We won’t forget them and the price they paid for all of us!