I know that I often forget just how blessed -- just how free -- we are in this country, and how much gratitude I owe to those who have served, to those who have fought, and to those who have died.
Our ultimate gratitude? Owed to the One Who has granted us this country and this life...
"And thus be it ever, when free men shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation.
Blessed with victory and peace,
may this Heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
And then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto, In God Is Our Trust.
And the Star-Spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave."
~Francis Scott Key