Usually it is sons who go to war, though nations such as Israel requires all their youth--male and female-- to enlist so as to be ready to defend their nation. So, at Christmas we recognize those who serve in the military, some who have to be away from home over the holidays.
Sadly I woke this morning to the news that a second cousin, 46 years old had been murdered, her car stolen on Christmas Day in Washington D.C., tragic news. Her grandmother would have been my grandmother's sister.
We little realize and appreciate the safety we dwell in here in our own country taking it for granted. But police, sheriffs, homeland security, and the military intelligence and force all protect our peace within our borders.