We enjoy stirring videos of Memorial Day with graves draped in colorful American flags
as lovely music plays in the background.
We watch and listen to stirring Memorial Day parades,
flags snapping in the breeze and bands playing stirringly as they march in unison.
People in our country's neighborhoods will be having the biggest and best barbecues,
but the forgotten spirits of those slain upon a thousand distant foreign fields
might take us to the cemeteries on Memorial Day.
Would they tell us that we could eat all the barbecue we want on the Fourth of July
if we just murmured a small thanks over their graves today?
No one sets out to be a hero, and certainly no one wants to die a bloody, violent death.
But thousands upon thousands found themselves in terrible situations where they needed a hero,
so that is what they became.
They died so that we would have a chance to live as best we could.
We couldn’t enjoy sun-drenched summer days like today without their sacrifice.
Living in the world today is a challenge unlike one that has ever been seen in the past.
But as thousands rose to the occasion when all seemed dark, we, too, can rise to tackle the obstacles facing us.
Yes, today is a day where we mourn the loss of precious lives and innocence.
But today is also a day where we celebrate the victory of the human spirit over darkness ...
and this gives us hope.