Monday, November 10, 2008


November 11 marks Veterans' Day (historically Armistace Day, on which at 11:11 on 11/11, 1918, the war to end all wars ended). On this day we pay homage to all veterans across America - living and passed - who have dedicated their lives to protecting our freedoms and liberties. Far too often we overlook the sacrfices of those who committed enormous sacrifices on our behalf. Today I salute three veterans with whom I'm especially close:

(1) My grandfather, Steve Maniaci - veteran of WWII who fought, among other battles, the Battle of the Buldge. He barely escaped death several times and was one of the most honest, hardworking, decent, and greatest men I have ever known.
(2) Michael DeBruyn - my (literally) life long dear friend who attended the Naval Academy and spent several years in the Navy - most notably serving on a subs for months at a time. He left big business consulting to teach - now at the Shrine School in Royal Oak.
(3) Greg Reid - a great friend who also joined the navy and served admirably with an Admiral. Most recently he has begun his own investment management company - Symphony Investments (
Thanks to you and everyone else who have kept us free!

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