Today is a day when millions will celebrate this special season and they will be doing so in a variety of ways. If you are one of those observing this holiday today, we ask as you enjoy your celebration with friends and family to think of the empty seats at tables in homes all over our nation, as well as those in our partner nations. Brave men and women are standing watch today, unable to be with their families because they’ve answered a higher calling.

We appreciate them, one and all, for their service and sacrifice in order that we may live free.

Merry Christmas, everyone!