Valediction, Memorial Day

Thanks to all the military veterans out there. You put your ass on the line, be it for freedom or some politician’s folly. You risked life, limb and long fits of boredom for we the safe and only occasionally grateful. It is because of your sacrifice that we can enjoy the fruits of peace and the commercially-focused mindset that comes with it. The blessing is decidedly mixed, as our country might be better off had we tasted what you tasted during your time of service and sacrifice. Freedom ain’t free, but you have borne the cost more than I. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen of the American Armed Services. I salute you and live in debt to your quiet, humble heroism. Special thanks to Major Dan Boyle (US Army), Johnny Kuskie (USMC), Luke Stalcup (US Army) and Jake Warner (USMC).