To start, I want to thank all the friends we have who have served our country with pride, dignity, and respect. My Dad, our son, "Uncle Randy," so many friends from high school over the years and the sons and daughters of friends serving today.
I always wanted a house with a flagpole. We had a flag we'd put out on key holidays, but never a permanent position. In December 2016 we bought a house with a flagpole, and the previous owners left their flag.
Last year we received an extraordinary gift from our son and daughter-in-law. A new flag with the attached certificate. We saved the flag for the new house and waited until our son was here to be part of the change.
On a day last spring, we took down the old flag and folded it for return to Fort Bragg to be properly retired. We proudly pulled the new flag up to its permanent home. While it might seem a sappy display of patriotism to some, it was important to us.
So, this Veteran's Day 2017, thank you for your service. Because of you, so many of us have the opportunity to proudly hang a flag in front of our homes today.