Remembrance…it is more than just a word, it is a commitment.
Today let us remember all who gave of themselves for this country. We have lost so many men and woman in the defense of democracy and human rights. Men and women whose contribution to society, while known generally, can never be fully appreciated for its true heroism. Remember what it is to put the value of an ideal, the protection of others, the will of nations before one’s own life. It is something that so many of us would not, could not, do. It is a commitment that extends beyond the fragility of ego and the limitations of fear. It is a commitment that must be honored – this day and every day.
Remembrance…the commitment that we must make to remember the sacrifices that have been made on our behalf. The recognition that must be given to those who have perished in the fight, to those who continue to battle, and to those who have given a piece of themselves to selflessly serve a mission so far beyond what the rest of us could ever imagine.
Remembrance…it is what we owe.
“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” ~Arthur Ashe
Day one thousand and fifty-seven of the new forty – obla di obla da