A salute to all our veterans, past and present. I'd like to take this moment to also thank my father for his service as a teenager in the underground, first against the Nazis, then against the Communist Regime in Czechoslovakia. He was a gunsmith for the underground, and he and his buddies blew up a Nazi train once, then had to hide in the farm fields for a couple days before going home.
My brother was also a RIO in backseat of an F-14 for years, and flew the reconnaissance mission for our retaliatory airstrikes around the time of the Beirut barracks bombing in 1983.
After WWII in Communist occupied Czechoslovakia, one day my father went home and the KGB was waiting to arrest him in the living room. Luckily instead of going to front door, he went to back door where his mother was waiting and told him to run. He then escaped to Germany before coming to America. He couldn't go back to Czechoslovakia for fear of persecution until after the fall of communism in the early '90's.