I want to thank my cousin, Matt, who has made a career out of serving our country. There are so many men and women who do what I do not have the strength to do: defend our country. I may not always agree with war, or totally understand what we are even fighting for, but I support, love and am thankful that there are people who do. I am especially grateful to know one of those men as family, and been blessed to watch him grow as a brother, son, husband, father and cousin. I will never forget going to his Eagle Scout ceremony with my Mom, especially because above all, Matt is still a Boy Scout- strong, honorable and knowledgeable in pretty much everything. He’s the man who spent his boyhood in suburban Philadelphia, but has a strong southern accent. He comes home (when he can) for all important celebrations, looking dapper in his uniform, but humble, soft spoken, kind and loving. The way he looks at his beautiful (and equally as amazing) wife and their two girls- he is a model soldier.
My flags are waving proudly from my front porch, and are always there, saluting those who are home from war, still away, or who never made it back- we observe Memorial Day for you. Thank you.
And a special thank you for your continued service, Lieutenant Colonel Butler.