For all the veterans of America’s armed forces, thank you.

To those in Iraq and Afghanistan, thank you.

I have only one relative that I know of who passed away in war. His name was Brocks Nelson, an uncle of my now-86 year-old grandmother. A native of Whitmire, SC, he died in route to France in 1918 to help end the War that will end all Wars. A U-Boat got him before he arrived in Cherbourg. Dying in the cold North Atlantic, far from the quiet of the Piedmont of South Carolina is an awful way to die. He receives my thanks as well.

Until the last trump sounds and the last war ends on that day, I recommend that all listen to this Last Post to remember those that have served and especially all those that have fallen, including the 10 more US soldiers this week.