We took the girls to Arlington Cemetery this week, and as we walked the paths through this solemn place, I was reminded of this quote:

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

–Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address – November, 1863

Both of my grandfathers served in the armed forces during World War II – one in the Navy and one in the Army.  To those of you who served or serve today, thank you.  A grateful nation remembers today those who gave the last full measure of devotion to ensure our freedom to worship and serve God.



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