“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”
Back in 2002, J. went along with me on a trip to D.C. and it's so long ago that I can't even remember why we went in the dead of winter. It was magical, though....the snow laid thick on the ground and the cold nipped at us as we walked around the National Mall until we couldn't feel our legs. All the way out to the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials to the Capitol where we found the Missouri Christmas tree.
Looking at all the white crosses so neatly lined up at Arlington Cemetery caused us to pause before moving on. I'm not sure what J. was thinking, but I was thinking about all those brave men who fought and died so that I could be free. Think about what that really means. It is truly a solemn place. Going just a little further, I was brought to tears by the sight of J. saluting the fellow Marine who guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
It's Memorial Day. Let's celebrate and remember all of those heroes that have sacrificed to make our celebration possible.
Happy Memorial Day!