Every time I see a member of our military, I am filled with pride, gratitude, and something very akin to awe. These men and women put duty and country before themselves, they make sacrifices for us that we cannot begin to imagine, and they do it quietly, with dignity.
No one enters the armed forces without understanding that they may be placed in harm’s way, and many join knowing full well that they will. Without them . . . I cannot even imagine this country without our military, the heroes who protect us, who willingly throw themselves on the line and who selflessly place themselves between us and those who would do us harm.
We owe them more than we can ever repay, for they have given us something that is priceless: our freedom, our security, our very lives.