As we bask in the glow of the holidays and busy ourselves with making preparations to spend time with family and friends, please take a moment to remember our men and women in uniform who will spend the holidays far from home, in both friendly and inhospitable places, paying with their sacrifice for the freedom we enjoy at home and the opportunity to enjoy our holidays in peace. Whatever your religion, please keep our troops in your prayers and if you are not a religious person, please keep them in your thoughts. Christmas and all high holy days whatever one’s religion are particularly difficult for those who serve far from home, and no less difficult for their families. Let us honor their mutual sacrifice by contributing to worthwhile charitable organizations that bring them comfort and assistance–think of it as one more gift for the holidays for friends and family.
We can debate the wisdom and politics that underlie having our armed forces spread around the world, and the relative merits of too many armed conflicts, current, recent and past. These are political decisions beyond the control of our troops in the field; please let us not have that debate in this thread. Our men and women in uniform who serve with honor provide an invaluable service for which we owe them a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid–just as we do all veterans. God bless them all.