Today we honor the men and women who have given their lives in defense of our great country. From the founding of our nation to the present day, these brave Americans have embraced the hard job of maintaining our liberty. In the face of tyrants, dictators and evil empires, our men and women in uniform have consistently showed courage, strength and a willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to keep our country safe.
Although these eloquent words of Winston Churchill were spoken about England, their sentiment perfectly describes the commitment of the US military with regard to her mission.
We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle, nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job. (BBC radio broadcast, February 9, 1941. In The Churchill War Papers : 1941 (1993), ed. Gilbert, W.W. Norton, pp. 199-200)
The members of our military have always understood the cost of freedom, and so with steadfast determination they bear the burden of our protection. And while we remember that fact today, we should make more of an effort to remember it every day.
To the fallen, to the injured, to those who currently serve and to all military families, we say thank you. There are no words that can adequately express our gratitude as a nation. We appreciate your service, and mourn your sacrifice. We pray that God will grant you peace and keep you in his care. We know that it is your sacrifice that gives us the freedom we enjoy and we will not forget what it cost you.
The story of America’s quest for freedom is inscribed on her history in the blood of her patriots. ~Randy Vader
If you want to do more than just remember on this Memorial Day, please consider supporting the Semper Fi Fund and the Wounded Warrior Project. May God bless our military and may God continue to bless the United States of America.
On the journey toward Home,