Today is Veteran's Day, a day in which we pause to reflect on our freedoms, to honor and thank those who fought for them, to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives so that ours may be free.
I write this as a woman who, just days ago, exercised my right to vote. I am blessed with the right and the freedom to bear arms, in order to feed my family if I so choose, and to defend them if necessary.
Unlike so many others the world over, I have, and exercise, the right to freely assemble with like-minded associates, and the freedom to worship my God... or not.
I have the opportunity to sit here this evening, writing my opinion and sharing it with the world, without fear of persecution.
My daughters will receive an education and grow into adulthood with the knowledge and confidence that they are free to achieve, to publicly express their opinions, to be whatever and whomever they want to be in life.
My gratitude to the men and women who fought and sacrificed so that my family is able to enjoy these freedoms, is beyond measure.
Thank you. To those young and old, to those who march proudly with the VFW and to the others who are private about their service, no matter how you served or where, how recent or long-ago... I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
My family lives free because of your service and sacrifice. Please know that we remember you with deep gratitude not only on Veteran's Day, but all year long.