To our veterans
Lest we forget.
For those who served, I remember you. You carved the path along which I walk today. You came of many backgrounds. You were man and woman. You joined to serve for your own reasons. Perhaps you were conscripted. Your service may have occurred recently or far in the distant past before I was born. It may have been distant and in anger, it may have been nearby in peacetime. Your part may have been one of heroics, it may have been nondescript service. It does not matter. You are remembered.
Those who serve us today, you are remembered now. Your service today is in diverse ways. Protection, rescue, recovery, research. You may not be ever visible, but you are always present. I do not always greet you, but when I see you I salute you with a touch to my heart. You are the finest men and women anywhere. You are remembered.
Thank you. May I try to serve as faithfully as you.