I have to admit, that when I begin to write these post for Memorial Day, I worry about them sounding cliché or trite.
Some may ask, how many times and in how many ways can we express our un-dying appreciation for all that has been done by those who have given the last measure of devotion to this nation and all that it represents.
Well first I would say that we can never express our debt enough,to those who have put on a uniform to stand a watch while we slept safely in our homes. To those who guarded our Liberty and our rights to speak our mind about every thing that came to mind.
To the men and women through the history of this nation, who sacrificed what might be called a normal life, so that we could raise our children and build our homes. So that we could shop at the mall and go out to dinner. These are the Americans who starved during the winter at Valley Forge. These are the Americans who fought to maintain our independence from the British in the War of 1812. The thousands of Americans who died for an idea and the thousands more who died to retain the Union in our war with ourselves. Hundreds of thousands of Americans who gave their lives in the fields of France in WW I and the hundreds of thousands of Americans who gave their lives around the world in WW II, all to protect Liberty and the world from the evil that exist. The men and women who went half way around the world to protect democracy from communism in Korea and Vietnam. To all who fought and died in the middle east. To all that are fighting and dying still. We owe all that we are. All that we have been. And all that we will be.
What has made our military the greatest and strongest in the world? The same thing that has made us the greatest and freest nation in the world. Our Liberty. Our principles. The very things we have so often fought to protect, are the very things that have made it possible to triumph over our enemies.
And while we remember the men and women who have fought and died around the world in un-named fields and deserts to protect those principles and our Liberty, let us not forget those at home who are now on the front lines of the war on terror. Now that the war has been brought home. Now that our enemies would destroy us right here within the very borders of the nation that has been the beacon of freedom for the world. Our first responders, our police officers and firemen, paramedics, have been thrust into the role of defenders. As we saw on 9/11, these Americans have the courage to run toward disaster. Even now as we take for granted the firemen who shows up to fight the fire in our homes or to pull our child from the wreckage of our car on the highway. The police officer who investigates the noise we heard in the middle of the night. The officers who risk their lives every time they stop a speeder. Let us remember the fallen among these heroes also on this day of remembrance.
Let us take the time out of our cookouts and other family activities to say a prayer for those who are not able to be with their families this weekend. And to give thanks for all that they have done for us. May God bless them, and may God bless the United States of America.