To the men and women who lost their lives in service to this nation. We thank you and we honor you today.
We are free. We are free to thrive and to enjoy this life because of sacrifices like theirs. We are equally free to squander our gifts and spoil our enjoyments in shows of selfishness, false humility, ingratitude, and hubris. Let us try and take this summer to enjoy all those things the honored dead gave up for us. Let us most of all enjoy the peace we are afforded here, and do nothing to turn these memories of our departed sour with pettiness.
The nation is sour right now. It is tired, it is sick of it. ‘It’ meaning very many things all at once, we’ve first world stressed and problemed ourselves into places we didn’t need to be. In many respects because of people ‘trying’ to do what they felt was ‘right’ but without much regard for reality.
Summer is here. Let’s make it one our fallen would have enjoyed with us.