We live in serious times with serious threats facing our country.  Thank God for the men and women of the Armed Forces who are brave enough to stand in front of not one bullet, but a hailstorm of bullets in lands far, far away, so that we can be safe.

Thank them by flying your American flag proudly, not just on the Fourth of July or Veteran's Day, but EVERY DAY.  Thank them by shaking their hands when you see them.  Thank them by making them feel welcome in our city.  To paraphrase Will Smith, they be places that we need not be and they see things that we need not see - they deserve our respect and our admiration.

And just because this clip makes me cry everytime I see it, enjoy Kate Smith singing God Bless America from the 1943 movie 'This Is The Army'.  See if you can keep from crying with American Pride as she hits the last high note.

With the thanks of a grateful nation, and my personal thanks to all of our service men and women, past, present, and future.....