I did four years in the US Navy, USS John F. Kennedy (CV67), Atlantic Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea during the Lebanon Crisis (pre first Gulf War).
I say this not because I want recognition but because I understand there are others who have served longer, have given and sacrificed more and deserve greater recognition than my meager efforts. I am always embarrassed when someone says, "thanks for your service," to me as I don't see my time in service as having amounted to anything more than a long cruise to distant lands at Uncle Sam's expense.
But, to those that have given more, I do thank them so, "thank you, veterans, who have given of your time and efforts to protecting our freedoms."
"If you didn't learn something new today, you wasted a day."