To the Editor:
As I finished the Thanksgiving meal, my wife and I prepared for our family, I couldn’t help noticing the empty plate that is placed on our table every year. This is to remember the members of our family who served in the armed forces of the Untied States of America both past and present. I thought about the men and women who are far away from their loved ones, with no possibility of personal contact other than an email and if they are lucky a phone call. I realized the only reason I was home safe and secure enjoying the bounty of our table was because of the sacrifices that were and are being made by Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and covert operatives around the world.
With Christmas coming I know there are a lot of organizations around the country receiving donations from people. The vast majority of these organizations do some really great things for total strangers. If you have the means during these economically difficult times to donate anything, whether it be time or money, I would like to suggest two organizations. The American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). These two organizations support our troops and our veterans in a variety of ways. What could possibly be a better way of saying “thank you” for the freedoms we all enjoy today. Something as simple as a holiday card to a total stranger who is deployed is a great way of showing your appreciation. And it doesn’t cost much!
In closing I wish I could shake the hand of every single person who served or is serving our country. I know thats not possible so all I can say is thank you and may god bless all of you.
Durham, New York