It’s humbling to consider that so many of our fellow Americans deemed our security and prosperity more valuable than their lives. The least we can do is to take a few moments on Memorial Day to remember the debt of gratitude we owe them.

It’s difficult not to be moved by the sight of row upon row of crosses at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France. The same holds true for the headstones stretching out in all directions at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.


To protect freedom, American men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice on battlefields with names as diverse as Bunker Hill, Antietam, Flanders Field, Inchon, Khe Sanh, Tora Bora and Baghdad. Does anyone really know how many Americans in this nation’s history have given their lives to preserve the freedoms we cherish?


Memorial Day is our time to honor those who Abraham Lincoln said “gave the last full measure of devotion.” In paying tribute to all men and women killed while serving our country, it’s also an opportunity to reflect on everyone who stands guard for the United States.


Many people will spend the Memorial Day weekend with families and friends. After all, who doesn’t enjoy an additional day away from the office?


But that attitude trivializes this holiday. The quality of life we enjoy has been made possible by the countless individuals who answered our nation’s call to take a stand for liberty.


It’s humbling to consider that so many of our fellow Americans deemed our security and prosperity more valuable than their lives. The least we can do is to take a few moments Monday to remember the debt of gratitude we owe them.


Suburban Life Publications