07-04-2003: Today's salute! goes to all of the men and women that, to borrow a phrase from the movie A Few Good Men, are "standing on the wall."
salute! to the men and women serving in the armed forces, stationed both here and abroad, especially our troops in combat. To the peacekeepers, and the protectors, and the ones hunting evil.
salute! to the men and women that are commanding and guiding them, giving and analyzing intelligence, and those that support them.
salute! to the men and women who wait for the call for help, both at home and abroad. To the police officers, to the paramedics, to the firefighters, to the rescue workers.
salute! to the professionals who actually receive the calls for help, calm us down, and dispatch help to us. To the 911 operators and call center people.
salute! to the veterans of our armed forces, both living and resting. To the heroes that know what it's like to be shot or shot at. To the heroes that gave their lives to protect our freedom, or perhaps another country's freedom. To those heroes that never came home, and instead rest in foreign soil.
To these people we owe our lives and way of life. Without these men and women, this would be just another country. Without these heroes, the ones that "stand on the wall," we would not be America. salute!
Happy 4th of July, America.