Memorial Day

July 12, 2010 Updated Jul 12, 2010 at 2:04 PM EDT

By WKBW Internet

July 12, 2010 Updated Jul 12, 2010 at 2:04 PM EDT

With Memorial Day upon us, I would just like to take a moment to say thank you to all those brave American men and women who fought for our freedom.

To all those who paid the ultimate price and didn't come home, and to those who served and did come home. I have always said that there is no higher honor than to serve this magnificent country as a member of the armed forces.

For many years I was fortunate enough to be asked to serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the annual "Western New York Armed Forces Ball", held at the Connecticut Street Armory. Of all the events I attend each year, this, without question, is the most important. I am so proud to be an American citizen.

I wasn't born in this country, but it is now my home and I would do anything for it. I remember some years ago when the late Peter Jennings of ABC News finally became a "Naturalized Citizen of the United States". Like me, he was born and raised in Canada. I wrote him a note and told him how proud I was, and how grateful. He wrote back, "Yes Keith you are right, it's all about gratitude".