Just exactly what are we saying when we tell someone we appreciate something he, or she, might have done, gifted or otherwise left us in their gratitude.
Appreciate: To recognize with gratitude, be appreciative, be grateful, be obliged, be thankful, enjoy, increase, enhance, gain and grow. To recognize the quality , significance, or magnitude of. To admire greatly. To increase in value or price, especially over time.
Can we as a nation, a democratic society, ever repay young men and women who went into war willingly only to come home having lost arms, legs, feet, hands, eyes, face, fingers? Can you ever put a price tag on such service? Can you ever appreciate their service to these United States of America to a degree befitting their lose?