This editorial cartoon was published in the East Penn Press in November 2007. At the time US troops were fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. Because of this, there were a lot of empty chairs at family tables during the holiday.
Although most combat troops had been withdrawn years later, there are still US military personnel deployed in these danger zones. Even when not in active combat areas, servicemen and servicewomen are still stationed at bases far away from their loved ones during this 2016 holiday season.
Let us all give thanks to God for the folks who have sacrificed so much to protect us.
We should be grateful for those men and women who protect and serve us here at home, too … the firefighters, police and EMTs.
We have much to be thankful for!