I have to say that I have an incredible amount of respect for the men and women serving our country and their spouses that stand behind them and sacrifice so much while they're away. It's definitely not something I could handle, sending my husband away to war, but I'm so glad there are people who can. My heart goes out to all those spouses and children who have loved ones serving over seas. I'm so grateful for the freedom they defend and those in other countries they are helping. My favorite line of America the Beautiful is
"Oh beautiful for hero's proved in liberating strife Who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life."
It always makes me think of those who have given their lives for our country and also the firefighters and public servants who died saving others on 9/11. I'm grateful for their sacrifices and their courage and dedication.