I’m always appreciative of the gratitude people express on Veterans Day, whether it’s directed specifically to me or not.

But this one will be hard to top. My sister sent me this on Thursday; it’s from the Veterans Day program they had at the school that Drew and Mollie attend.

That’s me in that list, just above my father, and alongside a lot of other men and women who truly deserve the recognition. As I said, I always appreciate the thoughts, but this one was especially touching.

If you know a veteran, an active, a reservist or a National Guard member, take a second and say thanks today. Trust me — they’ll be thrilled to hear it.


  1. Thanks to you and FUC – or whatever his agreed upon psuedo-name is –

    It would be nice if this type of recognition / gratitude was not limited to only 1 day per year – living in metro-NYC, I know for a fact that since 9/11 there has been a continued outward appreciation of military, police and fire professionals – in fact, a brother-in-law of DirtMerchant, who is an EMT, told me that when he was a tourist in NYC, he was wearing / attened some sort of EMT function – and strangers out of the blue walked up to him and personally thanked him for his efforts – imagine that – NYC as the hotbed of civility –

    Thanks again to you and all who help protect our liberties.

    If, in the future, we find ourselves stuck on a deserted isle, with a spare tank or 2 laying around – I’m going to look to you to get food on the table!!


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