To everyone who served, and the families who waited, hoping they would make it back home, thank you. My family is free to work, play, and worship because of what you did.
Here's a story of one of these heroes: John Ripley
Ripley passed away recently, but we are richer because he was here.
His words at the end are profound. "When you know you're not going to make it, a wonderful thing happens. You stop being cluttered by the feeling that you're going to save your butt."
I wonder how different I would live if I really understood that I'm only here for a short time, and no one here gets out alive...