Here's a blast from the past, and one that relates to Thanksgiving.
This is an oil painting entitled, "The Chess Game," and depicts several Marines sitting around playing chess and reading, passing the time.
I enjoyed watching these Marines relax, and we spent a few moments chatting about Thanksgiving. As the "old man" in the room, I asked the young men to go around the room and mention something they were thankful for, and they obliged. Each expressed thanks for home, family and friends-- and to be alive, of course.
It was a bit of home there in an outpost.
I was thankful to God that America still produces young people like these, willing to serve wherever called. I am still thankful for that today.