There are approximately 23.2 million military veterans living in the United States of America today. Over 9 million of them are grandparents. Nearly 2 million are women. Every single one of those 23.2 million veterans has a family and friends, and chances are you’re one of those family members or one of those friends. It can be easy during the year to forget about our fellow citizens who serve, especially if we don’t know one personally. On days like Friday, though, we are called to remember the brave sacrifices of the men and women who put their lives on the line for us.

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To our veterans young and old, male and female: thank you.