As I’ve grown older, I’ve become acquainted with grief and loss, but I still can’t begin to fathom burying a son or daughter who has paid the ultimate price in defense of our nation. It takes an individual of exceptional courage to place themselves in harm’s way for another, day after day. Today we remember them, we honor them and we say thank you. And to those left behind-- the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, spouses and children whose lives have been irreparably shattered, we remember you as well.
Today our hearts are filled with sadness, and a swell of pride for our fallen heroes. We honor you all across America, from rural cemeteries with dinners on the ground, to the rolling hills of Arlington and every resting place in between.
And thank you to those who still sit upon the walls, who defend them with their very lives so we may rise and sleep under the blanket of freedom you provide us. ++
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13
++ paraphrase from, “A Few Good Men,” screenplay by Aaron Sorkin