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Thank You for Your Service…

     
 

  I hope each service member – past, present, training and future – knows how much I appreciate the sacrifice they make each and every day in the name of protection and freedom.
  So this is me saying thank you…
Thank you for sacrificing your time.
Thank you for sacrificing your safety.
Thank you for sacrificing your sleep.
Thank you for sacrificing being there for your children’s birthdays.
Thank you for sacrificing your holidays.
Thank you for sacrificing being there for the birth of your children.
Thank you for sacrificing being there for their first steps.
Thank you for sacrificing being there for their first words.
Thank you for sacrificing being there for their proms and graduations.
Thank you for sacrificing good food.
Thank you for sacrificing a comfortable place to sleep.
Thank you for sacrificing clean clothes.
Thank you for sacrificing hot showers.
Thank you for sacrificing your own physical and emotional wellbeing.
Thank you for sacrificing your life so that I have freedom to live mine.
A special thank you my two nephews who are currently serving in the Army and Army Reserves.
  It doesn’t seem like enough, does it? How do you thank someone for so many sacrifices?
  I hope everyone reading this takes time today to thank a soldier. While I know a simple ‘thank you’ isn’t nearly enough, it’s all we really have.
  It is so easy to get caught up in our everyday dramas that we forget that others are out there defending our freedoms with their lives.
  This isn’t something we should ever forget. These men and women should be in our thoughts every day. Veterans Day is great, but every day should be a day for being thankful for those people around the world who are making sacrifices to their lives so that you can be here, with your families, friends and loved ones doing what you want to do, when you want to do it.
  The following soldiers were killed during Operation Enduring Freedom this year. Please make sure to say a special prayer for the family and loved ones of these soldiers.
• Pelky, Phyllis J. – Major U. S. Air Force
• Kuhse, Gregory T. – Master Sergeant U. S. Air Force
• Golden, Jonathan J. – Captain U. S. Air Force
• Pierson, Jordan B. – Captain U. S. Air Force
• Hammond, Ryan D. – Staff Sergeant U.S. Air Force
• Johnson-Harris, Quinn L. – Senior Airman U.S. Air Force
• Sartain, Nathan C. – Senior Airman U.S. Air Force
• Ruiz, Kcey E. – Airman 1st Class U.S. Air Force
• Gilbert, Kyle E. – Specialist U. S. Army
• Sibley, Forrest B. – Staff Sergeant U.S. Air Force
• Roland, Matthew D. – Captain U.S. Air Force
• McKenna Jr., Peter A. – Master Sergeant U. S. Army
• May, Jason P. – Senior Chief Petty Office U.S. Navy
• Ruiz, Pablo A. – Sergeant 1st Class U. S. Army
• Dawson, John M. – Specialist  
  Once again, Thank You for Your Service.