We met Uncle Herb on a rainy day at Pearl Harbor (more about that later). He was at home on leave when Japan attacked, quickly reporting for duty when the attack started. He has a great memoir, Counting My Blessings, that details his life and what it was like being a soldier who survived the Pearl Harbor attack.
Today is a reminder to celebrate all the brave men and women, like Uncle Herb, like my Uncle Tiny, like Lynn, Wayne, and so many who protect our freedom and are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom–those who came home and those who never did. But let it also be a reminder that while we celebrate all of our amazing veterans today, we should be grateful to them and their sacrifices every day. Freedom isn’t free and those who defend it should always hold a special place in our lives.