I’m ripping this off from a Memorial Day post that CapitalBabs put up two years ago, but it pretty much says all that needs to be said today.
As we remember those who have given “the last full measure of devotion” in service to our country, let’s pause to thank all who have put their lives at risk serving our country, both abroad and at home, along with their families.
… The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion …
Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address