American flags decorate the headstones of service members at the Quantico National Cemetery. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Daniel J. McLain (RELEASED) via wikipedia

 

Today marks Veterans Day, and I would like to take the opportunity to thank all veterans for their bravery, commitment and service.

A special salute for my grandfather, father, uncles and cousins who served during WWI and WWII, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, as well as Afghanistan and Iraq.

 

Merchant ship carrying mail from the United States to combat troops in war zone, ties up at a port in Korea during the Korean War. Photo via wikipedia

 

And also for my merchant mariner grandfather and grandmother, who transported much-needed cargo and supplies to our forces through many conflict zones in the 1950’s – 1970’s.

 

Photo by © Andrew Dunn via wikipedia (CC 2.0)

 

If not for these brave men and women, I would not be enjoying the life I lead today.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

 

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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