to have a strong admiration, appreciation, and love for the armed forces. In the wee hours of this morning, my one and only brother left home for boot camp in Illinois, now a part of the United States Navy. As a result of his decision, this Memorial Day became a landmark for me, and I think for my whole family. I, at least, began to understand on a whole new level the sacrifice of these men and women, so what we are free to live in peace and safety. Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters, leaving their families and everything familiar to them, putting their lives at stake so we don't have to.
Freedom is not free, people. To those who have served, are serving, will serve, and to those who have paid the ultimate price, the people of America owe one huge thank you.
And to my brother... We'll miss you here at home, but I know that God has a plan for what you are doing, and that you will do great things if you simply follow it. God bless you, and anchors aweigh! Farewell to college joys, we sail at break of day (ay ay ay)! Thou our last night ashore, Anchors aweigh! Until we meet once more, here's wishing you a happy voyage home!
Eternal Father, faithful friend,
be swift to answer those we send,
in brotherhood and urgent trust,
on hidden missions dangerous.
Oh hear us when we cry to thee,
for SEALs in the air, on land, and sea.
God bless our troops!