Thank you to all the veterans in my extended family and my network of friends. I deeply appreciate your service and sacrifices in defense of the Constitution.
Every year I think this. This is the first year I've made a public thank you.
Grandpa Warden enlisted before World War Two. He served with his brothers and the Greatest Generation and then came home and quietly built things. Four uncles served in Vietnam. Three cousins and my sister in law served more recently; Robin (Wednesday's scarf recipient) is active duty Army still.
My most intense memory of 0ur first trip to Hawaii is visiting Punchbowl Cemetery. The rows of white headstones, many inscribed "Unknown, Dec. 7 1941," brought home the risk and sacrifice of military service to me even more than visiting the Arizona Memorial did.
So, again, thank you Grandpa Harry, Uncle Mike, Uncle Steve, Uncle Don, Uncle Ken, CJ, Bill, Jodie, Robin (to name my family members) and all of my friends for your service.