Today we remember the service and sacrifice of our brave men and women of the Armed Forces of these United States.  So many men and women have volunteered their lives on our behalf, to secure liberty and defend the American way of life.

Many did not ask for anything in return, only the chance to do what they felt in their heart was right, and did so with little or no complaining.  I’ll never forget the high spirits of all the Marines and Navy Corpsmen I worked with in the eight years I served in the Corps.

I also cannot forget the names or the faces of the brothers lost to us.  I know that in this war there have been far fewer casualties than in other wars, but that does not diminish their service, or their sacrifice on our behalf.

Today I remember each and every one of them, that stood up bravely and said that they would take the stand.  Each one of them braved the enemy fires, risked driving the dangerous roads full of road side bombs, and did so with a smile, because they knew they were doing a good thing.

I miss them deeply, and not a day goes by that I don’t think of them in some way.  Each American is affected due to the sacrifices of those who currently serve, those who have since had their end of service, and those who paid the ultimate calling for liberty.

Take a moment today away from the barbecue grills and reflect on the many souls in heaven that gave up their lives for us to be here today.  This is a time to reflect and admire those men and women.  I know that the memory of those heroes I served with will be burned into my memory forever.

Also take a moment and reflect on the words of Taps, the song played for military funerals.

Day is done, gone the sun,  From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;  All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

Fading light, dims the sight,  And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.  From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night.

Thanks and praise, for our days,  ‘Neath the sun, ‘neath the stars, neath the sky;  As we go, this we know, God is nigh.

Sun has set, shadows come,  Time has fled, Scouts must go to their beds  Always true to the promise that they made.

While the light fades from sight,  And the stars gleaming rays softly send,  To thy hands we our souls, Lord, commend

Take the moment this day to recommit yourselves to liberties call.  Do not allow the sacrifice of the hundreds of thousands of our servicemen to have been in vain.  They did so much so that we may live in peace.  We owe them everything, and that means we must continue their cause on the home front.

Do not be afraid to be proud of the red, white, and blue each one of them was proud to serve under, and which was draped over their coffins when they returned home with honor.

May God bless all who have passed in the service of America, and keep a place for them in heaven by his side.  They gave all, so that we could be able to even speak today.

God Bless America!


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