My grandmother's grandfather's grandfather, Peter Beam, fought in the American Revolution. Since then, countless soldiers have offered their lives in service of our great country.
Many people protest the wars in which we're currently engaged. Whether their premise was true or faulty, and whether you agree with the premise and our presence there or not, soldiers from Peter Beam and his compatriots right up to Jennifer's husband, currently enlisted, have fought to give you the right to express your opinion. Political correctness threatens to stifle much of that freedom of speech, but it remains an impulse within us.
To Jennifer, and other families like hers, thank you for loving your soldier and supporting his decision to protect freedom here and abroad. To veterans of past wars, thank you for protecting the freedom that Peter Beam helped earn us. And to all of my bloggy friends and casual passers-by, have a wonderful day, and don't forget to contemplate the veterans who have given you the right to have a great (or terrible) day, and the soldiers who continue to help us keep it.