It's not about "where were you when?", or about how much we weep in the days around the anniversary, or the memorial slide shows posted or virtual candles lit.
Military Men - you don't always make it home, and when you do, you return with baggage big and small: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual.
Thank you for your sacrifice, and for carrying that burden.
Military Wives - you live as single mothers, without direct protection of your husbands for months and years at a time. You carry his job at home as well as your own.
Thank you for the sacrifice of your husband, and for carrying that double load.
Military Parents and Siblings - you live not knowing if your sons/brothers are coming home, if you're going to have to bury your child, and questioning when you haven't heard from him in a few days, a perpetual 'what if'.
Thank you for raising and supporting the kind of man who wants to serve his country and keep us safe.
Military Children - some of you know who and what you're missing and some of you don't.
Thank you for the impact on your heart that you carry. Your daddy is so important to us - he keeps us all safe. I will never be able to explain to you how important that big job is.
For you all, I pray God's grace and mercy, for the blessing you've been to us to be returned to you pressed down and overflowing again, and again, and again.