On this Veteran's Day I'd like to honor all veterans, but especially my family and friends. I come from a long line of men who have served their country honorably and proudly.
Me and both my brothers are veterans - 13 years of service between the three of us. My Dad is a veteran. Two of my three uncles are veterans. Both of my grandfather's are veterans. Almost every male from both sides of my family are veterans.
My father-in-law is a veteran, all four of my wife's uncles are veterans, one of my wife's grandfathers is a veteran - and just had his 80th birthday and still likes to tell stories about the War in the Pacific - his Commanding General was Douglas MacArthur.
Many of my close friends and most of the guys I hang out with are veterans. I can probably count 15 off the top of my head. Many of their father's and grandfather's were veterans.
To make it even better - almost each and every one of us were combat arms!
Thanks to all our soldiers, veterans, and brothers in arms. Today, especially, your duty is honored and remembered. Thank you.
UPDATED - 11/11/2004 12:40PM EST
After thinking about it, I wanted to put some names to my nameless family and friends, so here goes. Every one of our branches of service are covered by the list below as well as every war and skirmish from WWII through Desert Storm. Thank you all for your service to our country!
Jeff Hounshell; Andy Hounshell; John Tusing; Carl Sohrenson; Barry York; Bob York; Charles Trent, Sr; Charles Trent, Jr.; Gary Trent; Johnny Trent; Johnny Sutton; JR Sutton; Ken Pangburn; Steve Helton; Ryan Patrick; Bryan Wright; Deron Jackson; Kenny Ewing; Jason Wright; John Kennard; Jim Bols; Rick Marshall; Greg Turner; Brian Turner; Adam Cottingin; Jack Davis; Darvin Thomas; Jamie Howell.