Before I start, isn't that old man the cutest thing in the world?
Also, happy anniversary mom and dad. Love is like a battlefield so it is perfect that your wedding anniversary is on Veteran's Day.
I honestly don't believe in saying Happy Veteran's Day. I see nothing happy about what they went through to get a holiday. I do believe that every day should be a celebration for what these men and women do for our country.
I come from a long line men who served for our country. My great grandfather Swenson, my Grandpa Sarjeant, my Grandpa Condry, my great uncle Franklin, my uncle Dave, uncle Jim, cousins Randy and Chris, and I am sure I forgot some. Each one of these people, by choice or not, gave a part of themselves so I can sit here and be a blabber mouth.
This year has been increasingly hard to look back on. I had to say goodbye to one of my favorite veterans of all. My Grandpa Condry was one of the most beautiful souls to ever live. He treasured his time in the service and he wore it like a badge of honor. Today, I celebrate you. I celebrate how much you loved the service and your country. I celebrate my friends who were in the service, like my buddy Alex, who still fights for veteran's rights once they are home. Today is no different than any other day really. Today, I encourage you to thank a veteran for their service. Tomorrow, i encourage you to do it again. That sacrifice is wort more than one day a year.