Yes ... We Remember

President Ronald Reagan, speaking at the National Cemetery, November 11, 1985:

"... It is, in a way, an odd thing to honor those who died in defense of our country, 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. ...

This was a Veteran's Day address, honoring those who have served in the military--in war and peace.

But it still speaks volumes about how he loved and revered the military; and it is, I think, a fitting we honor those who died in battle or as a result of battle wounds.
message for Memorial Day too, when

Some of Reagan's concluding words.

"In memory of those who gave the last full measure of devotion, may our efforts to achieve lasting peace gain strength....."

Yes ... we remember ... "honor to whom honor is due" (Romans 13:7)

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