Sorry for having digressed from what is truly at the heart of Christmas which is giving. Giving and sharing. Doing something for someone else that didn't ask, want or need what you did for them but you did it anyway. Well that is your Army Soldier, Navy Sailor, Air Force Airman, Marine and Coast Guard Guardsman. They know it is better to give verses to receive. They give their blood, their sweat, their tears and your freedom. And on a day when many children curl up next to a crackling fire opening presents beneath a small green tree or smile when dinner is served please keep this in mind. It is your men and women in uniform that made it possible.
We all hear the rhetoric from our government that these men and women are incredible or that their service is paramount to our interests abroad. We don't need them to remind us. We are reminded daily because someone we know, someone we know that knows someone in a uniform, friend or family member is there and not here and they made that choice because they know how important the job is and if someone didn't do it.
They ask for little and often receive little in return but for those that represent the .45% in service to America (that was a good one by the way) demonstrating how many actually are donning the uniform and carrying the heavy load for the rest of us verses years past then one quickly realizes that fewer run to the call, more is asked of those that do and less is given to them. They are not referred to as the "Greatest Generation" but I am sure those proud warriors of time long ago would consider these men and women as the finest and best of the best.
On this Christmas Day 2011 we ask you to keep the prayers flowing, to keep them in your hearts and remember they would rather be home than there, holding a drumstick verses a rifle, feeling the warmth of a fire and not the old cold breeze on some Afghanistan mountain range. We are all proud of you today and everyday.