A few years back, my wife and I were visiting her distant cousin in the Phoenix area. We had become good friends and enjoyed our visits. They suggested a visit to the Eddie Basha Collection at the headquaters of Basha's Markets in Chandler. Eddie Bauer had assembled an impressive collection of Native American and Cowboy art and believe that art was meant to be shared. In keeping with his beliefs, the family has much of his collection on display for public visits. I was impressed with the depth and quality of the collection and many of the artists had created works for Eddie as a friend.
As a veteran myself I want to thank todays veterans for their selfless service and sacrifice to our country. I was fortunate to have joined the Navy in a time of peace (1976-1982) and have never fought in a war. I always told people that my war was the Cold War. Still we constantly trained for war. I likened my service to a person keeping watch on the wall of a city while those in the city rested in security. Todays veterans know the horrors of war and I thank them for fighting our wars while we in the city rest in peace. This 5-medal salute is my tribute to todays active and veteran service men and women.