George Washington, one of America’s greatest statesmen and military leaders, told Congress in what was his first “State of the Union” address,that “to be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.”
But no nation can preserve the peace without a military ready to defend that peace. We have been blessed with such a military, and with a citizenry willing to serve the cause of liberty and of peace, even at the cost of their lives.
Today we honor those who shed their blood so that we might live in peace and enjoy the liberties enshrined in our Constitution. This Memorial Day, let’s take the time to remember that our freedoms were purchased at great cost and that selfless American men and women in uniform still give their lives in the line of duty.
America is a free country today because of the countless patriots who gave their lives in its defense. May we give special esteem to their memory and to their profound sacrifice on this unique American day of reflection and gratitude. To those who made this ultimate sacrifice: America thanks you