My fellow Citizens,
Often times, I hear the phrase, "thank you for your service!" While it is an honor and privilege to serve, I know why it has become awkward for me. It's the guilt that maybe I have not done enough to deserve this praise because many of my brothers and sisters in arms have made greater sacrifices. Nevertheless, recognition of the average American who supports the military seems nonexistent. I spoke to some foreign military dignitaries, and they exclaimed how much they enjoyed visiting American ports because Americans are so grateful of the military. Other countries are not as grateful. Thus, in good conscious, I want to thank you for your support and gratitude! Because of your support, I and so many others can do our job.
To those citizens who do not hold the military in a positive light, I thank you for not harassing service members. Your patience and decorum are also greatly appreciated.
In return of your support, I end my gratitude with the words of a WWI hero, Martin Treptow.
""America must win this war. Therefore, I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone."
I will try in all ability to uphold this.
A Grateful Sailor