I'm stopping to take a moment and thank all the men and women who are serving and who have served our country. My cousin, Michael, is in the Army and I know what a sacrifice it is. He has been overseas with little ability to contact his family (thank goodness for email) and with us only hearing snippets of what is going on during the evening news. When serving in Iraq, I would pray daily that the attacks did not hit him or the camps where he was staying. I prayed that when he was jumping out of helicopters or planes that he would land safely. I prayed that he would come back to us. And he has. He is so proud of this country.
I think back to my grandfather's funeral last year. He served in the Coast Guard and they had current and previous members of the Coast Guard there to fold the flag and do the gun salute. It was very touching. As he got older, my grandfather talked about his service a little more, but didn't say a whole lot. I almost feel like that time is incomprehensible to outsiders - those of us who haven't served.
Michael, I am proud of you and your continued willingness to serve. I am also thankful for my cousin Kristin's husband who is a Marine. Trevor, I will pray for your safety as you are away from your family. Again, thank you to everyone who serves in this way. We owe you more than we can ever express. God bless you all.
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