[May 25, 2020] Memorial Day has always been the most sacred day of the year for Americans. Honoring those heroes who have fallen in the line of duty seems built into our DNA. Our victories in war may be important, but we still humble ourselves through our actions. The only land we claim as our own are the resting places of our men and women.
May we, as Abraham Lincoln said at Gettysburg, “highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Lincoln understood war, the death and destruction, the horror. He knew that to honor those who gave their lives in defense of the nation is what principled citizens do.
We, and our children after us, must be devoted to the principles for which these men and women died … to honor, loyalty, integrity, and faith in America.
Many say that we are at risk of losing these principles that our faith in America is dwindling; that honor is no longer valued, that loyalty and integrity are for suckers. I disagree. Americans understand sacrifice. We know, implicitly so, that freedom is not free and that the cost will always be high.
The world is a better place for the sacrifices of our military. But it is not yet a perfect place. And so, the struggle against evil, tyranny, and injustice continues and the roll call will continue to grow.
Those we honor today deserve our thoughts and prayers. Their families will remember them, but too many are quick to forget the sacrifice made by so many. Today, we can honor those heroes, we can be humble in their memory, and we can do so by continuing to defend the freedoms we all enjoy.