Veteran's Day seems to sneak up on me and pass me by every year. That's surprising because it falls on the day immediately following my birthday. Over the years there have been a few times that I was so busy that I also forgot to write a Thanksgiving column.

Well, this year I thought I would kill two birds with one stone. I will write a column as a tribute to our veterans in retrospect and combine it with my thoughts on the importance of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday season, with a little political commentary added for some flavor.

It seems appropriate to me that Veterans Day and Thanksgiving both fall in the same month. I can't think of a better reason to sit around the Thanksgiving table with our hands folded than to offer up gratitude to our Creator for the men and women who have dedicated their lives to protect the freedom that we as Americans hold so dear.

Many soldiers left their homes and family to go to a foreign field to fight an enemy that desired to see the end of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Some never came home.

Today, America has not been so politically divided since the Vietnam War. Differences in the Republican and Democratic parties are as far apart as the East is from the West. People are up in arms over racial inequality, gun control, sexual harassment and abuse, etc. Isn't it great that we live in a country where we are free to express our feelings and opinions? That is not the case in every nation.

I have been told that I lean a little too far to the right (conservative) in some of my columns. I resent being packaged and labeled. I try my best to stand up for what is right and moral in the sight of God and not necessarily what appears to be right in the eyes of people.

For far too long the term conservative has been linked to racists, white supremacists and other radicals. In my case, nothing could be further from the truth. I firmly believe in the equality of all men and women as does the God that I worship unashamedly.

No, I am not proud of everything that is going on in this country. I don't agree with everything the Democrats are preaching or everything the Republicans are promoting.

My Thanksgiving prayer will be that our great nation heals it wounds and settles it differences by any peaceful means possible. That we celebrate our culture and diversity and accept every man for the things they contain in their heart. We should come together as one ethnic group – Americans. To put it plain and simple that is what we all are – Americans. We need to become God-fearing and God-loving Americans. When that happens we can all live as John Lennon and Martin Luther King hoped – as one.