Thank you for sacrificing so much to preserve the freedom we cherish. Your courage, persistence, dedication, honor and constant heroism, be you male or female, are an inspiration to all of us.
I won’t pretend it doesn’t break my heart to see you in airports and other places of transit, dressed in your desert fatigues, saying good-bye to husbands and wives, tiny babies and small children and tearful elders trying hard to be half as brave as you are.
Like Bob Hope, I dream of a world where you can stay right here at home, with us, always.
Alas, we must make do with another sort of world for now, and carry on, and you are the main reason we can do that.
Thank you for your service.
For the example you set.