Standing 4 feet high, the sandhill crane is one tall bird. So, when this one popped its head up, suddenly towering over the rows of tombstones at Sarasota National Cemetery and gazing into the distance, it was a sight to behold. It really looked as though this regal crane was standing sentinel over the many men and women resting here who served our country. Before I clicked the shutter, I knew this would be my Veterans Day post. I'll be attending the annual Veterans Day parade today in downtown Sarasota taking in the patriotic scene along Main Street and expressing my appreciation to our military veterans. If you have the opportunity, I hope you take a moment to thank a veteran for their service and sacrifices. It's important to remember our freedoms aren't free.