On This Memorial Day, Thank You
Thank you to the men and women who gave up their lives so that we could live ours in freedom.
Thank you to the men and women who sacrificed all for our sakes.
Thank you to the heroes of the Revolution, who laid down their lives so that the transformative belief that all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with unalienable rights, could be attempted in practice.
Thank you to the warriors of the Civil War, who died so that America could see a new birth of freedom.
Thank you to the soldiers of the First World War, who bled in Flanders defending America from the scourge of tyranny.
Thank you to the men and women who fought and fell in the Second World War to stop the threat of fascism from raising its triumphant standard over the ashes of millions.
Thank you to the slandered men and women who died in jungles and deserts stopping the spread of communism, the greatest evil of the 20th century.
Thank you to those far braver than I was, who joined to fight the threat of radical Islam, to free strangers from the yoke of brutal fundamentalism and to protect us from terrorists who struck at our hearts on 9/11.
Thank you to all of you who fell in places near and far, in places mentioned and unmentioned, giving us the opportunity to build families, to work jobs, to renew in each generation the promise made by George Washington: to interweave the love of liberty in every ligament of our hearts. If we fail in that responsibility, we fail you, as you never failed us.