On a much more important note, today is Veteran's Day in the US, the day on which we honor our current and former service members. Reprinting the following from two years ago.
Four of my husband's cousins, two of his uncles, and one aunt are Army veterans. An additional cousin is still on active duty in the Army Infantry. Both of his parents are civilians who worked for the Army until retirement, and his grandfather was in the Coast Guard. His best friend is a Lt. Colonel in the Marines, a helicopter pilot. On my side, two uncles and an aunt are also veterans--two Air Force, one Army. We take Veteran's Day seriously around here.
Honoring all current and former service members today. The four-legged ones too.
It is the soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
--Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army
(Copyright Charles M. Province, 1970, 2005.
All rights reserved.)