Tuesday, November 11, 2008
A simple thank you to the men and women who have chosen to server in harm's way to protect the lives, freedom, and interest of the United States. To the soldiers who have never heard it, Welcome Home.
The two medals included in this post are the Purple Heart and the Silver Star. The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the President of the United States of America to those wounded or killed while serving in the United States Military. The Silver Star is awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States not justifying a higher award. It may be awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the U.S Armed Forces, distinguishes himself or herself by extraordinary heroism involving one of the following actions: In action against an enemy of the United States, While engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force, or While serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
I was fortunate and am proud to have had two grandfathers that served our country in World War II. My mother's father was awarded the Purple Heart and two Silver Stars.
Today I salute all Veterans and thank you for your service.