We would like to give thanks to the veterans and their families, past and present who have sacrificed all or in part for the rest of us in this country. We owe them far more than a day of remembrance. Very few of us have gone untouched by the tragedy of war someplace in our life. Neighbors, acquaintances, family, a wounded vet on the street. Today is the chosen day to honor their service and sacrifice but we should be doing it every day. These young lives have been broken, twisted and destroyed in the wreckage of war and a testament to their courage that they went into the maelstrom. Honor them today and let them remind us the people and those that have been elected to represent us that their sacrifice was higher than no other and that we should know exactly where we stand as a nation when we look into the face of war.
“We were children of the 1950s and John Kennedy’s young stalwarts of the early 1960s. He told the world that Americans would “pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship” in the defense of freedom. We were the down payment on that costly contract, but the man who signed it was not there when we fulfilled his promise. John Kennedy waited for us on a hill in Arlington National Cemetery, and in time we came by the thousands to fill those slopes with out white marble markers and to ask on the murmur of the wind if that was truely the future he had envisioned for us.”
― Joseph L. Galloway