Memorial Day serves as a time to remember those who’ve fallen on the battle field. From the winters of Valley Forge, Fort McHenry, the battlefield of Gettysburg, the Pacific Ocean, jungles of Vietnam, the mountains of Afghanistan and everything in between, hundreds of thousands have given their lives for this nation, its people, and its principles.
Monday, then, serves also as an overwhelming reminder of the cost of freedom. Our fallen are sons, daughters, wives, husbands, moms, dads, brothers, sisters, and friends. The cost of freedom is hundreds of thousands of lives, but to many the cost is their child, their parent, their family member, or their friend. The cost is overwhelming when considered in total, and when considering what each fallen hero meant to those around them.
Let today remind us of the lost individuals and the patriotic masses who were willing to give all for freedom. Let today also remind us that such a sacrifice should never be squandered or taken for granted. We must hold onto and protect the freedoms for which they died in remembrance of their lives. We have a duty to honor the memory and sacrifice of the individual and the hundreds of thousands.