I always like to take a breath during a holiday to step away from the banter and passionate debate about our politics and our history to recognize a very special group of Americans, our troops...
We argue loud and strong everyday about our beliefs and we should realize that our ability to express our beliefs so freely is equally, if not more, important than the actual beliefs themselves... And the troops protect that cherished freedom that a lot of Americans take for granted.
Let's look at some my favorite tributes and moments for our troops:
If you missed this story recently about a soldier coming home to surprise his 6-year-old son, it is one of the most moving tributes to Fathers and the extent of the sacrifice their families go through while they are away serving this great country. This one had my whole family heading for the Kleenex:
If you don't get choked up at that, I don't know what would do it....
And just so I don't get emails from the ladies, here is a special Father/Daughter reunion that actually had me choked up:
And what tribute to the troops would be complete without a Lee Greenwood - God Bless the USA song... This one is one of the best I have seen that really displays the compassion and emotions of the great men and women of our armed forces:
We all will be taking a well deserved break tomorrow to celebrate the birth of Jesus... Let's not forget that his sacrifice, like the troops', is never to be forgotten and always to be cherished...
The troops love this country in a way that many us us could not possibly know. To lay your whole life on the line for the country you love is beyond courageous. It is an act worthy of honor and immense respect.
I, for one, would like to recognize that and say to all of them and their families: