Images courtesy: Master Sgt. Montigo White

Hundreds of thousands of Americans served during America’s second war in Iraq. Nearly 4,500 of our best and brightest citizens were killed, with many more wounded. Countless military families were forever changed by the strains of war.

The immeasurable sacrifices of our nation’s troops, veterans, and military families brought this long war to an end. They are national treasures. As the last large convoy of American troops crossed the gate at Iraq’s border with Kuwait, it became more and more clear that they made this historic day possible, not politicians in Washington or Baghdad.

Today, our nation is being challenged. Will we always remember the valiant men and women who served in Iraq? Will all of us step up to help our country’s veterans and families of the fallen? Will the national media start paying attention to the sacrifices of our brave men and women in uniform still fighting in Afghanistan?

I don’t know the answer to these questions. What I do know is that this is a proud day to be an American. Even after an almost nine year war, with another long conflict continuing, the United States military is second to none. In a world full of darkness, America is still the brightest beacon of light. CONTINUE READING