To all our veterans and current members of our armed forces: Thank you for defending our freedoms and way of life. The millions of lives lost in wars and armed conflicts in our country's history are a stark reminder of the cost of freedom. While civilians and politicos can sometimes reduce those causalities to mere statistics-or argue the nobility or justness of war or conflict-our veterans are and always will be exemplary Americans who are willing to give their lives so that we can have the very right to even argue over whether an action is just or not. Thank you Veterans. America thanks you and is a better nation because of your service.
(photo- WWI memorial in Centralia, WA)