We took the girls to Arlington Cemetery this week, and as we walked the paths through this solemn place, I was reminded of this quote:
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
–Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address – November, 1863
Both of my grandfathers served in the armed forces during World War II – one in the Navy and one in the Army. To those of you who served or serve today, thank you. A grateful nation remembers today those who gave the last full measure of devotion to ensure our freedom to worship and serve God.