This is a post by both me, J, and B, as we both have family who have served, and friends who are still serving.
We wish to Thank the Men and Women in Blue Who guard us on the home front. Without you brave and selfless people, this nation would not stand as it does today. While your Brothers and Sisters in the Military keep us safe from those who would attack us from the outside, you guard us from the dangers within our own borders.
We Thank those Officers who gave their lives to Serve and Protect. We thank those who willingly place their lives on the line for minimal pay, and crap treatment from all sides. Those who, despite the current Media Trend, still put on their uniform and come into work. The ones who are willing not only to give their lives, but take the lives of those who would harm the innocent, for while a bullet hole will mostly heal, the pain of taking a life can never be soothed.
We thank the Heroes in Red, who charge into burning buildings, with little regard for their own safety, to save not only human life, but furry and feathered life as well. We give special thanks to those brave men and women who, despite the obvious danger, charged into those towers that heart wrenching day 15 years ago. Many gave their lives, and that is a debt we can never repay.
We thank the EMTs, the Nurses and the Doctors, who worked hard in school to help us heal. We also Thank the Veterinarians, who devoted their lives to healing our irreplaceable furkids. And of course we thank the Support Staff, who keep the hospitals and Ambulances rolling so that these fine people can do their job.
We thank the Marines. First in, Last out, Oorah! The Soldiers. The SEALs, the Sailors, and even those pesky Airmen. Just kidding guys, it takes some serious balls to fly a plane at Mach 1 that was built by the lowest bidder!
WE thank the Volunteers, who give their time, without pay, to help others less fortunate than themselves.
We thank the Families of those who protect us, who live everyday with the knowledge their loved ones may not come home. I cannot imagine a pain like that.
And of course, We thank our parents, without whom, we would not be able to live in such an amazing place.