the fallen give silent witness to the price of our liberty and our nation honors them, this day and every day

I had intended to write something today honoring America’s fallen veterans. I’m afraid I can’t find a better way to say what I had intended than to relay these words from President Bush’s remarks Monday at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery:

In this place where valor sleeps, we acknowledge our responsibility as Americans to preserve the memory of the fallen. On this Memorial Day, we look out on quiet hills, and rows of white headstones — and we know that we are in the presence of greatness…

Here, in the presence of veterans they fought with and loved ones whose pictures they carried, the fallen give silent witness to the price of our liberty — and our nation honors them, this day and every day…

In this place where valor sleeps, we are reminded why America has always gone to war reluctantly, because we know the costs of war…

I am in awe of the men and women who sacrifice for the freedom of the United States of America…Our nation is free because of brave Americans like these, who volunteer to confront our adversaries abroad so we do not have to face them here at home.

Today we pray that those who lie here have found peace with their Creator, and we resolve that their sacrifice will always be remembered by a grateful nation.

May God Bless the Untied States of America.

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