|Out of respect.|
Veterans suffuse my life. Granddad McCandless served, and so did my dad, Robert. Uncles and cousins, countless friends and associates have taken an oath, shouldered a weapon and stood a watch.
I've thanked most of them throughout the years—or at least meant to.
Two of my closest friends served in three armed services. Yes, you read that correctly. Whatever their other faults, this is very much their day, when they are recognized for their actions, no matter how mundane, in service to their country and specifically to me.
They continue to challenge, support, cajole, mock and laugh at and with me.
Thanks lads. FAOBM!