On Memorial Day, we pause as a grateful nation to honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in our defense.
We used to think of them as stoic Heroes of wars fought long ago represented by white gravestones standing in silent memory across our land.
But now they are also today's sons, daughters, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and friends.
And in their sacrifice lies not just our liberty, but also the pain of those left behind.
As we honor our fallen Heroes, we also remember their loved ones and pray for those living with the pain of loss.
Nothing can ever replace their loss, but we pray they can find strength knowing that their loved ones died while fighting in defense of our country's founding principles.
If not for their commitment to a cause greater than themselves, we would not be here to enjoy the freedoms we have today.
As we pause to remember the high cost of freedom and honor those who paid the ultimate price to protect it, let us resolve to live lives worthy of their sacrifice.
God bless our Fallen Heroes and their families. We honor your sacrifice, and will love and remember you always.
For some, every day is Memorial Day.