I held him, my nephew, as a newborn baby. I watched him grow up, and excel in everything he did. I marveled at how many friends he had and how they were so loyal to him.
I was there when he graduated from West Point with honors.
I must admit to the pride that I felt that day, for all that he had accomplished.
I was there for his wedding and was not at all surprised, when he married a beautiful, caring young woman.
A few weeks ago, God blessed him and his lovely wife with a precious little girl.
Last week, he hugged and kissed his wife and newborn daughter, good bye, and left for his first tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Tonight my thoughts and prayers are with him, his wife, his little girl, and his family.
I appreciate more deeply those who serve our country, to provide freedom for us.
I appreciate every one of the men and women in this country who make this huge sacrifice for my freedom.
This is what resonates from my heart tonight.
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