I am forever thankful for my brothers and sisters in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and especially my Navy Shipmates, who made the ultimate sacrifice defending everything we stand for. In particular, this weekend I am thinking of my friend Brett Kuban, who I served with on board the USS Truxtun from 1986-1990. Brett passed away in 2010, but I still think of him often. He exemplified everything you want in a sailor. My heart goes out to his wife Virginia and his two children, Chance and Amanda.

It never ceases to amaze me that this country continues to produce so many courageous men and women. As you enjoy a barbecue or some time at the lake this weekend, please keep these heroes in mind. God Bless their families, and God Bless America.