Michelle Manning, Watertown, New York
No matter the season, each day is the same; my heart bursts with pride for my son. His path in life I always knew would take him far from home and we would face many holidays with an empty chair at our table. Yet I find comfort in knowing that the memories of holidays past and our family traditions go with him, no matter how far away he may be. I humbly give my son to this great nation, with his strong convictions and unfailing courage to defend our liberty. I pray that He returns him safely when the day is done, the mission complete and peace prevails.