On Friday, November 11th, once again we celebrate Veterans Day. As a proud Veteran, this day always holds special meanings for me and I traditionally send out my thoughts to share with anyone who cares to read them. Sometimes the memories seem like only yesterday that I served under the Stars and Stripes. I keep thinking that it will get easier for me to write this, but it never does and this year is no exception as I reflect back on the Hero’s that I had the honor to serve with who paid the ultimate price for freedom. Turning 70 this past July brought about a lot of memories of days gone by. My family decided I needed a big celebration and looking at the many old photos that they had assembled, I found myself reflecting back to those friends that I have lost. It is difficult, if not impossible, for anyone who has not experienced the ugliness of an armed conflict and the lasting scars it leaves, to truly understand what it is like. I thank God every day for the commitment and sacrifice made by those serving our country and their families. When I see professional athletes refuse to stand for our National Anthem, I do my best to understand their protest; however, will never condone their method. The American Flag, a symbol that I proudly served under, is stained with the blood of thousands who gave their all to keep it flying over this Great Country. They were not paid millions of dollars to do it and the game they were involved in was played with bullets and not balls. Now that I have got that off my chest, I respectfully ask you to take time to thank a Veteran and remember those that gave their all for this Country. They served so that others would not have to.