To my Papa, a Veteran of the Korean Conflict and hands down the greatest man I've ever known. He was one of those sadly dis-appearing people who would give anything for his country and family, who respected everyone no matter what race, religion, or belief, and who gave love and support in place of anger or disapproval. We all miss you dearly!
To my Uncle Tom, a Vietnam Vet and kayaking, wood chopping, lobster boiling badass. Sure that's a funny description, but it's true! He's one of the coolest people around, and has been an essential part of keeping our family traditions going strong.
To all of you out there who fight for us, even when we criticize you, the military, and our government as a whole. Thank you for knowing there is something bigger going on out there, despite personal politics, and that we are all worth being protected, no matter what we believe in.