“Freedom... is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.”
- Ronald Reagan
Today is Memorial Day, the day that we as Americans have designated to celebrate the men and women who have given their lives in the line of duty, and preserving that freedom which we hold most dear as Americans.
As we celebrate our honored dead, we do so with a note of hopefulness, that every generation of American heroes leaves behind a world a little bit better than the one before it. In every conflict, America has risen to the occasion, shown its valor, and shown mercy afterward.
I am in awe of our Armed Forces, our brave men and women, who not only fight and defend our nation, but also, if necessary, give their lives for it. We honor those troops we know, in our family or communities, and we honor those whose names we don’t know at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Thank you for helping me remember it this day.
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