Friday, November 11, 2016

A Personal Veteran's Day Salute

Trying to thank all of the women and men who are serving or have served in the U.S.A.'s military forces is a concept that boggles my mind.  I feel like saying, "Thank you, active military and veterans" or "Thank you for your service" isn't anywhere near adequate.  Instead, I'm going to thank someone personally and then hope that there are others who can personally thank the other individuals who deserve more than just our thanks.

I'd like to express my deep gratitude and admiration to Ralph Long of Ralph's Fly Box.  Ralph spent more than a decade in the military. He had one of those jobs that constantly put him in danger.

Ralph, thank you for everything you did and sacrificed to protect me and my family.

When I pour my evening beer tonight, I raise my glass to you, and also to your brothers and sisters in service.
(In case you're a new visitor or you just missed it, you can read about my recent trip to fish alongside Ralph on some of his home waters in Central PA.)


  1. You hit the nail on the head Chris. Mere words seem so inadequate to say thanks to those who gave so much. And I would also like to salute Ralph for his service and his friendship. Thank you Ralph!

  2. I am humbled gents. Thank you for the kind words.

  3. Chris, thanks for sharing this special "Thanks" to Ralph. I admire him also and wish him the best to come.

    I salute you also, Ralph!