Today we honor and remember those who have served in the military to protect our freedoms. When I consider all that they/you have sacrificed, no words seem good enough, but I will offer the best I know:
Today, I want to especially honor my favorite veteran: Sgt. 1st Class, Bruce E. Carter.
Sometimes we can get to thinking that soldiers who are "just fine", who "didn't get hurt", who are "safe" are lesser soldiers than those who venture into harm's way, who lose limbs, who are killed in action. The fact is, even if a soldier's life does not seem to us to be dramatically affected, they still signed away their lives. Though they may walk away with their lives, and even their health and well-being, their lives are forever changed. I don't know who first said it, but I think this statement sums it up pretty well:
"All gave some; some gave all."
Bruce Carter, my grandfather, served in the Marine Corps and the Army, during WWII and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. God protected Granddad, spared his life, kept him safe, and allowed him to raise a family and even meet his great grandchildren. Many of our veterans weren't so blessed, but that doesn't make Granddad any less of a soldier - He's just a protected and blessed soldier! Thank you, Granddad, for being willing to give up everything to keep our nation free...and thank You, Heavenly Father, for protecting him, blessing him with a family, and allowing his grandchildren to get to know and love him!