Members of my family have served in them all.
One cousin crossed the Libyan "line of death" in a nuclear cruiser.
Another was a front line chaplain's assistant in the 1st gulf war.
One uncle joined the navy at the tail end of the Korean war.
Another did 3 tours in Vietnam and never recovered from PTSD.
Yet another did 20 years in the Navy serving during both the Korean & Vietnam wars.
And yet another did his 2 year draft time between the two wars.
Me, I did 5 years in the Air Force during the "quiet" 80s.
We are quietly proud of our service, but we have none of the arrogant "I served so you should honor me" bullshit.
We are honest about our service. We may not tell you everything we did, but what you'll hear is the unvarnished truth.
So for everyone thanking veterans today, no thanks are needed. We did what needed doing.
To those who serve today and have served, I salute you.