Dear Service Member,
I'm not sure how one begins a 239 year old thank you letter. How do you thank 40 million Americans at once? Men and women, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters... entire generations of families. Heroes, patriots, servants and saviors, the selfless individuals who have committed themselves to defending not only this country and the freedom for which it stands but the helpless, the defenseless and the weary, those brought to their knees at the hands of evil, oppression and the forces of nature.
You've tirelessly and without hesitation defended the ideals, morals and beliefs of a nation at home and abroad. Never once have you retreated from the call of duty or questioned the responsibility. Never once have you asked why me? Foreign shores are stained forever with your blood, the blood of our sons and daughters, who from 1775 to present day have stepped boldly forward each and every time this country, this continent or this planet called for a champion.
Who could have possibly imagined when the first shot was fired from a British Musket in Lexington, Massachusetts just after dawn on April 19th, 1775, how often you would be asked to heed that call. Who could possibly have envisioned that today, over 40 million of our bravest men and women would be asked to proudly bear the flag of this great nation.
Sadly, we've asked for your service so often that at times we've lost sight of the sacrifices made by not only you but by your families and loved ones. We've taken for granted the anguish and strain of families divided by time and distance and the despair of those forever shattered.
Yes, this thank you is "long" overdue... 239 years overdue in fact.
They say a true soldier fights not because he hates whats in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. On this Veterans Day we stand behind "you" as a grateful nation unified in admiration and thankfulness. We honor you and those who served before you. We rise in undeniable appreciation of the magnitude of your sacrifice and we thank god for the freedom that your service affords us.
No, I don't think there are words to express 239 years of gratitude.
I can only simply say that America thanks you, GovX thanks you, I thank you and future generations thank you. All that we have, all that we are and all that we will become stands on the foundation of your sacrifice and your service.
With the Greatest Appreciation,
The Citizens of The Unites States of America