I am proud to be an American. And never more so than at this time when brave men and women risked their lives to gather intelligence about the location of bin Laden and then took him down. Who can resist hearing of SEAL Team Six fast-roping into bin Laden's compound?
I've written before about the debt of gratitude we owe the military. The people who serve our country are heroes in ways that we will never fully understand or appreciate. The media delights in spotlighting movie stars, athletes, socialites, and politicians, giving them celebrity status. Many of these people do nothing but exist for their own pleasure. (Anyone heard of Paris Hilton?)
Yet rarely do the media or the rest of us pay due respect to the courageous men and women who protect us on a daily basis. These individuals make it possible for me, for all of us, to go about our lives, secure in the knowledge that they stand as a first line of defense against those who would seek to harm us.
So, for today, I am grateful for those who serve and protect our country.