I've been having some extensive conversations with my youngest son about what it means to be an American, the sacrifices for our freedoms, and why it's important to acknowledge the people who keep us safe in the most generous, wonderful (though imperfect) country in the world.
He gets it. Kinda. (He's still a teenager, after all, but his big brother is going to 'splain it all.)
Because of my children, and the soldiers who keep them from forceful observation of a perverted form of Islam, I am going to Iraq this Christmas season so that we can share the good wishes and warmth of ordinary Americans who dearly appreciate their sacrifice, success, and efforts half a world away.
I know that many of you feel the same way, although you can't personally be in a war zone to express your sentiments.
But you can help.
Move America Forward is announcing a cross-country tour to rally support for our troops, stopping in 41 cities to collect Christmas and Holiday cards for our service men and women. Will you help? Homeschoolers, PTA's, classrooms, bloggers, talk radio listeners can participate by collecting these cards and letters.
If you live in Northern California, you can also assist us by coming to our Sacramento offices to package up the goodies we must get into the mail by Friday for the Thanksgiving mail drop before we leave later in the month for Christmas.
Please go to Move America Forward for details.