Way back before I became a police officer, I had entered the recruiting process to join the Marine Corps. As it happened, the LAPD gave me a job before the Marines did. Looking back through the years today, I can say I’ve had a police career I can be proud of, but I nonetheless regret that I didn’t serve my country in the armed forces. To those who have, you have my endless gratitude and my apologies for not expressing it more loudly or more often.
Anyone interested in arousing that same gratitude in himself on this Veterans Day should find satisfaction in reading Lee Habib’s piece on Dick Winters over at NRO today. Winters was one of the Army paratroopers featured in Stephen Ambrose’s book Band of Brothers and the HBO miniseries of the same name.
We have the remarkable fortune of living in the freest, most prosperous nation in the history of the world, and today we honor those who helped to make it and keep it that way. Happy Veterans Day.