A simple “thanks” seems so insufficient today.

Today is the designated day where we show our appreciation for the men and women in uniform who have sacrificed in order to preserve freedom and protect our Union. It is most appropriate that these brave individuals are honored, and that we create a special holiday for them.

One day is insufficient to truly appreciate all that they have put on the line so that we can enjoy freedom and live in tranquility.

Some gave years. Years apart from their homes. Apart from their fiancé, or spouse. Apart from their families and children. Missing them. Wondering. Worrying.

Some lost limbs. Never again to travel around with the same abilities and mobility.

Some lost their best buddies. Some turned around and had a best friend fall lifeless into their arms.

Some lost memories of the past. Cherished moments forgotten, relatives and friends now unknown to them.

Some gave all. They paid the ultimate sacrifice. A life. For your freedom. For your happiness.

Freedom is a thing to be cherished.

To the brave men and women, past and present, who are members of the Armed Forces of the United States of America, we salute you.

Not just today, in this month of November, on Veterans Day. We appreciate you every day. We think of you often.

Dear Armed Services Member: You make us proud.

Thank you for your service.