I’m thankful for a great country and those within it willing to go forward to defend it while their family does without their warrior. Such brave men & women that go forward and at best may get a lame excuse of a steak and a lobster tail that has been in a box for 3 months. When I say staek and lobster, Im not sure I would feed this to a dog but when you have been eating rations for awhile, it’s a nice change.

Their “Thanksgiving” won’t be very exciting as they will only see a hint of holiday by the different meal (if they are lucky at a large out post  or camp) .

Don’t let this fool you though because they will keep one eye to the enemy and the very next day or even same day fight the enemy. I am thankful for those spouses that “make it work” while their warriors are away. The mothers & fathers who are proud of their servicemember and at the same time whish they were at the table with them for the holiday. I am thankful for all of those that have gone before us and paid the ultimate sacrifice for this freedom and will never forget them.

Im thankful for YOU, the readers who take the time to read posts on various blogs about your warriors and who “Get it”.  You are the ever encouraging force that supports our warriors day and night, even when it’s not popular.  I’m thankful we are making a difference around the world because we have the power to do so and not doing so would be criminal.  

Im thankful to stand next to my fellow servicemember, regardless of color, race, gender or service and know we stand proud, confident and strong as one team. One Team, One Fight.  While you spend this holiday with family & friends and you ask yourself what am I thankful for, I hope you consider those that protect our freedom and who do it willingly and honorably time and again like the ones below, spending their holiday, protecting others, for their holiday.  I will have a Cgar for them all, present and past.  So, what are you thankful for?


Afghans return to their villages after receiving gifts for the Muslim holiday of Id al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, in Nawa, Afghanistan, Nov. 17, 2010. U.S. Marines assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, provided security while U.S. and Afghan soldiers distributed supplies as a goodwill gesture. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mark Fayloga




  1. Ii’m thankful for the opportunity to express once again how very much we appreciate all of those you mention, those at home, those deployed, those who have been injured or paid the ultimate price, and all those who have gone before. God bless you all. In my eyes, you are all heroes.

  2. First and foremost, I’m thankful for being an American.
    I’m thankful to live in a county to enjoy the freedoms men and women just like you Major have fought for to make it so.
    Yes, there are many other things I am thankful for today but none would have been here if it weren’t for all of you doing what you have done over the years and are still doing today.
    So, from my heart, I say to all in uniform today and to those who have worn it in the past..

  3. Pincher said it all. To be a free American …….. it doesn’t get any better than that. From our earliest founders and freedom fighters to those on the front lines today, we can never say Thank You often enough.
    A special thanks to Marty who has made it possible for many of us to offer encouragement and support to our deployed troops.

  4. There are so many reasons for me to give thanks every day. But truth be told, Major, apart from God’s providential grace in my life and all of you He chose to stand on the wall from the inception of the Republic to this very day there would be no opportunity to say thank you to Him and to all those who cast the blanket of freedom over my life and the lives of my loved ones. I’m forever grateful and thankful to Him and all of you and your families. God bless you one and all.

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