In honor of those who
have served and who
are serving now…
“It is, in a way, an odd thing
to honor those who died in defense
of our country in wars far away.
The imagination plays a trick.
“We see these soldiers in our mind
as old and wise. We see them as
something like the founding fathers,
grave and gray-haired.
“But most of them were boys when
they died. They gave up two lives:
the one they were living and
the one they would have lived.
“When they died, they gave up their
chance to be husbands and fathers
and grandfathers. They gave up
their chance to be revered old men.
They gave up everything for
their country, for us.
“All we can do is remember.”
President Ronald W. Reagan,
Arlington National Cemetery, Nov. 11, 1985