This is a very special holiday. It honors those who have paid the ultimate price. They have given their lives. They can't read this or any other article on how much we appreciate them. We are taking time off from our daily routine to remember them. However, we are the ones who benefit. We are free to choose because of them. We are free to achieve because of them. We are safe because of them. We are comfortable because of them. We are alive because of them. Today, there are many young men and women who are enlisting in our armed forces to continue the legacy of those who have gone before. They may be called upon to go into harms way. In memory of those who have given it all, may we be mindful and pray for those who will follow. There are many reasons that people join armed services, but someday, no matter what their purpose was, they may lose their lives protecting the rest of us. It's a noble cause, a noble profession, sometimes thankless. It shouldn't be so.
I'm certain that someone who has lost a loved one or close friend in the service of our country is reading this. I just want you to know that this American appreciates, with all my heart, those who have died so that we may enjoy the freedoms of this, the greatest country that God has ever allowed to exist.