It’s hard not to think immediately of food when you think of Thanksgiving (in fact, it’s hard for me not to think about food all the time). But I have to say that Thanksgiving is right at the top of the list of favorite holidays, alongside Independence Day. There is no better time to take a moment and reflect on what we have, who we have, and those that came before us and helped to make this all possible.
This sense of gratitude and appreciation has been especially strong as I write this from our nation’s capitol, having spent the day engrossed by the monuments to those visionaries who dutifully served our country in life and death. My wife and I stood at full attention as we watched the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery this morning, contemplating the words inscribed on the back of the tomb, “Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.”
This is what has made America great-the voluntary efforts of so many to create a better place, a better country, a better life for those that come after us. In this issue, we pay tribute to three Draper veterans who served our country in World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Iraq War, as well as all the veterans within our community. As you gear up this year for the annual turkey feast, take a moment to give thanks to those that surround you and have enriched your life. And save me some pumpkin pie!
Mark Thackeray, Publisher