Military deserves our thanks

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 01:41 PM.

Connie called to report the battle was fierce and she was retreating. I’m told if captured by Black Friday Regulars, you could be held for coupon ransom. It can get ugly if you can’t produce a "Half-Off" chit.

Connie and Ralph drove by the mall and reported the line stretched forever.

That pretty much settled it. I might stand for hours waiting for a kidney but a CD player? Not hardly.

Thanks to those adventurous relatives’ reconnoitering and reporting skills, we were spared a hugely trying experience. Maybe they should rename this shopping shindig "Black and Blue Friday."

With all this jabber, I’ve skipped the real core of the holiday as an expression of thankfulness. Among the uncountable benefits of being part of this country, I’m most thankful for our military personnel.

Of course there’s standard litany about protecting freedoms and shielding our country from enemies. But my deepest personal appreciation is much more grassroots.

Besides saving the country, they’ve become a life preserver for our youth. Where else nowadays do kids learn to stand upright, speak clearly and respectfully and exhibit good graces and manners than in the military?

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