Shrouded even from public thanks are those CIA personnel and Navy SEALs who sacrifice for our nation without fanfare.

Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz, who commanded U.S. forces in the Pacific Theater during World War II, said “uncommon valor was a common virtue” among American troops in the bloody battle with Japanese forces for the island of Iwo Jima.

Those words uttered some six decades ago in the final year of a global conflict are no less true today for those involved in guarding our national security, as America finds itself enduring more than a decade of conflict overseas.