While I have many, many things to be thankful for – a wonderful family, great friends that surround me, this great Babalu family, a wonderful wife and in all, a pretty darned good life – today I am especially grateful to God for granting me the parents that I have. Not just for their having been the best parents ever and for their unconditional love and support my entire life, but for the one decision, the one sacrifice they made in their life that has made all the difference in mine.
Thank you Mom and Dad for believing in freedom. Thank you for going through everything that you went through so your son and daughter would not only learn the true meaning of freedom, but grow up basking in it.
That one decision to leave everything you had known and loved in your entire life has made all the difference in mine and my sister’s lives and the generations that have come after us. By bringing us to the land of freedom, you gave us everything.
I thank God that because of my parents, I am an American and live in the Untied States of America, the greatest country in the world and in history.
And I would be remiss if I did not thank those Americans who wont be able to spend this day with their families, who make the sacrifices and put themselves in harm’s way so that I can spend this special day with mine.
Thank you and may God bless this beautiful, bountiful Land of the Free.