We have so many reasons to be thankful for the men and women serving these United States of America. Sometimes saying thank you to someone in the military can feel sort of insignificant since despite all of the media coverage, most of us have no true idea what any of them have faced; the combat conditions they have seen on the sea, in the air, or on the ground in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait...
Nonetheless, I would like to say thank you to these men and women who have chosen to put themselves in harms way and put their country ahead of themselves. I would also like to thank their families and loved ones for their strength and courage. God bless and Godspeed.
I found a link on a Xerox website called "Lets Say Thanks" http://www.letssaythanks.com/FromTheTroops.aspx that I would like to share with you. It is the story of a Marine and his song. Here is an excerpt from his story and a link to his song "On My Watch Tonight". You can read the full story in the "From the Troops" section of Lets Say Thanks.
"In 1992, Mike Corrado bought his first guitar, learned three chords and started writing songs while at The Citadel. He then graduated and joined the Marine Corps to lead our nation's finest and see the world. His tours – both of duty and concert – would take him around the world, serving and performing from the North Carolina Coast to Iraq. Along the way, Mike crossed musical paths with Edwin McCain and John Mayer.
Then, on September 11, the world and Mike’s band was forever changed. Mike and his fiancé, a flight medic in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, were mobilized back to active duty. In 2002, Mike continued to train with the Marines and prepare for deployment. He married his wife Kate, who soon after was called to Afghanistan. During all this, Mike penned the song "On My Watch Tonight," a story of a Marine's journey from boot camp to the front lines.
Just days before deploying to Iraq in 2005, Mike released his CD Falling Awake. While in Iraq, he spent a year at Camp Falluja and served with some of the greatest people in the Marine Corps, Army, Navy and Air Force.
Note: Visit the Xerox website, Lets Say Thanks, and you can send a free card of thanks to our troops.