Each day we are safe because soldiers, sailors, airman, corpsmen, and policemen place themselves between us and evil.

When these men have fallen or when their young bodies have been maimed forever in defense of our safety, the poignant moment of thanks we give inevitably dissolves over the years into an empty, formalistic expression of gratitude. We fool ourselves into believing that the trivial problems of our comfortable lives have somehow matched the bravery, the pain, and the nightmares that haunt these heroes for the rest of their lives.

via American Thinker: Remembering the Forgotten.