Gentlemen and ladies,
Today of all days I would like to express my profound gratitude to our veterans, of all our conflicts and our peactime forces.
Without your sacrifice, and that of our remembered fallen, this nation - this world - would be a much different, and I think, lesser place.
I would especially like to mention my family and friends who I know have served:
Jimmy Womack, Vietnam
George Womack, WWII
Sherman Loyd, WWII
their brothers (all seven of them) WWII
my grandmothers' brothers (again, six served), WWII and Korea
Jim Stewart, USN
Susan Stewart, USN
Kristian Pfeiffer, USMC
Patrick Fitzgerald, USMC
James Blanton, US Army
There are others I know I am forgetting to mention, as well as many more ancestors, stretching back to the American Revolution (Jesse Womack, Burke Co., Georgia militia). Please don't take it as a slight.
Ladies and gents, the (virtual) beer's on me.
Sincerely and respectfully,
James L. Womack