in defense of us, in wars far away.
The imagination plays a trick.
We see these soldiers in our mind as old and wise.
We see them as something like the Founding Fathers, grave and gray haired.
But most of them were boys when they died, and they gave up two lives
-- the one they were living and the one they would have lived.
When they died, they gave up their chance to be husbands and fathers and grandfathers.
They gave up their chance to be revered old men.
They gave up everything for our country, for us.
And all we can do is remember".
-President Reagan, 1985
This Memorial Day weekend my thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who have lost loved ones in battle and those who were wounded in battle. But additionally, with those brave soldiers who are there now... at this very minute... and their families, wives, children and friends that are here waiting patiently for their return.
You can rest assured that they don't need a Memorial Day to remember the sacrifices that these people made.