Today is Veteran's Day and an opportunity to once again honor the men and women who have given their lives and fought for our freedom, and those who still fight to protect that freedom. As noted by so many, "freedom is not free". For whatever reason, this year there seems to be more outpouring locally in terms of restaurants honoring (and feeding) veterans and active military, as well as additional recognition at sports events and other venues including various cozy mystery blogs (including http://www.cozy-mystery.com/blog/ and http://jeannequigley.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/veterans-day/ among others).
My father was served in the Army Air Corps and was a POW in World War II. He strongly believed in the US and serving in the military. As a POW, he didn't have an easy time and carried the scars (inside and out) for the rest of his life, but when he talked about his service he always had positive things to say about the men he served with. Many years later, he got in touch with many of these same men.
Today, we have men and women choosing to serve across the globe, some opting to re-enlist and return to Afghanistan or Iraq or some other location. Where ever they serve, whichever branch, whatever their MOS, we all need to remember thank each of them - not only today but every day.