Every time M's wife called to tell us that he was off on another assignment, my husband started worrying. I can't imagine how his wife, his children, and his parents felt. I can't imagine how he felt.
I'm so thankful there are men and women like M, willing to put their lives on the line every single day so that mine can be better. For those who have lost their life in that same pursuit, I'm forever grateful.
Today, during BBQ's, campfires, and family time, I will take a moment to remember the brave soldiers - past, present, and future - who sacrifice themselves to ensure freedom for the rest of us. They have done something bigger than themself, but the best I can do is say thank you.