I served our great nation for exactly seven years as a proud member of the United States Air Force. In many ways, it was the greatest time of my life. It took a brash, arrogant young man hiding behind false bravado, and turned him into a mature, responsible, confident man. And although I have been out of the Air Force for over 20 years now, I still feel a debt of gratitude. It was truly my honor to serve.

So as we get ready for another Memorial Day celebration this weekend, I want you to clearly understand what you're celebrating. There are significant differences between Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Armed Forces Day.

Memorial Day is the day we memorialize, and celebrate, those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and died in military service for the United States.

Veterans Day is the day we celebrate and say thanks to those that previously served in the United States military.

Armed Forces Day is the day we celebrate and say thanks to those currently serving in the United States military.

To those of you that have served our country, in time of war or time of peace, to those currently serving around the world, and for those family members that lost their love ones in service...please accept my sincere "thank you."