President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said, “Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.” It is incumbent upon each of us to remember the uncommon courage of all who sacrifice their own lives to protect others and secure freedom. We owe the deepest debt of gratitude to all who paid the ultimate price in the line of duty, and to the loved ones they left behind. Memorial Day provides us an opportunity each year to reflect on the exceptional valor and monumental sacrifice these heroes made to defend the many freedoms we enjoy.
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived.” – George S. Patton