Today is Veteran's Day.
Today we honor all of the men and women who served our country, many of whom lost their lives or suffered grave injuries so we could live the life we choose in a free country.
My Dad was only 17 years old when he left Brooklyn and headed thousands of miles across the North Atlantic. He had never been more than a hundred miles from home before that day in 1942.
He served all over the world, from the Normandy Invasion, to Egypt and North Africa,
To Gibraltar, Ireland, England, France and Russia,
To Okinawa, Saipan and the Marianas, to name just a few.
Daddy survived torpedoes in the North Atlantic and typhoons in the South Pacific. He watched the English Channel turn red with the blood of those whose lives were lost on D-Day and saw the surrender of Japan at the war's end.
All before his 23rd birthday.
So today, let's take a moment and thank the men and women, young and old, who have taken on a job most of us would never think of doing.
Thanks Big Ed for all you did.