Oliver North

 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As the host of "War Stories" on the FOX News Channel, I have the best job in television -- all I do is hang out with American heroes.
Whether it's in Iraq, Afghanistan or a military base here in the United States, or interviewing the warriors of wars past, it really is a magnificent privilege. Best of all, it gives me the opportunity to let them -- the eyewitnesses to history, the participants in some of mankind's momentous events -- tell their own story. And at this time of year, when we give thanks for our many blessings, it is especially meaningful.

 Of all the many things for which we should thank God in this holiday season, the men and women who serve in uniform on the frontiers of freedom ought to be at the top of our lists. It was, after all, a military man -- George Washington -- who first officially proclaimed in 1789 that we ought to be grateful for those who serve, as he put it, to protect the "peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness."

 As we celebrate our freedom and enjoy the fellowship of family and friends throughout the holiday weekend, we need to remember the young men and women in uniform at home and those serving overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan, Europe, Korea, Japan and many other parts of the world defending this country.

 What was true decades ago is true today. These young defenders of freedom, like their counterparts before them, will spend yet another holiday away from their families defending American values.

 The media have questioned the ability and determination of these young warriors, suggesting they could never measure up to those in the "Greatest Generation" who fought and won World War II. But the media are wrong. I've spent many months with them, on eight different trips to Iraq and Afghanistan, and they are every bit as capable of defending this country and winning this war.

 The media also get it wrong when they describe the Global War on Terror as a unique experience in the defense of America -- a war unlike any other we've ever fought. Perhaps those reporting today don't know their history because we've been through this before. In fact, the parallels between World War II in the Pacific and the War on Terror are uncanny.

Oliver North

Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.