On this truly most important day, I always hear Billy Ray Cyrus singing, "Some Gave All" in the background of all I do. If you don't know the song, don't judge it by the singer - Cyrus does a great job sharing the emotion of saying thank you to our servicemen and women, and the song is just a whisper of what we should be thinking about today.
Of course, being who I am, I also think of the Service Dogs. I think of the work they do for America, and how even when the 'war' or the soldier's term is over, they continue working.
My family is military. My Dad and nephews and brother and I probably don't know who-all, did their time and served with pride. This day always makes me pause in my work or my play and remember that without them, without the sacrifice of all these people, I might not be here, today.
And, without the dogs that give their all, like Gander, a service dog I met at BlogPaws this year, some of the returning vets would not be here, either.
Let's not forget that All God's creatures have a role in this life we live. Dogs and other companion animals 'work' without being paid, without asking for more than affection and food, without malice and always with forgiveness, throughout their lives - because they are here to make our lives better.
Thank a service dog, today, too. And buy Gander's book (yes, Lon Hodge, his hooman helped write it, along with some other good people) In Dogs We Trust, Tales of Unconditional Love. Proceeds benefit Service Dogs and Veteran Charities.