What can be said by someone living at peace and in security, with liberty intact and provided, about those whose lives were spent to secure that liberty?
Thank you sounds trite. Thank you may be a good start, but where does that really get us? Your wife is a widow now, here’s a thank you? Your children have lost their mother, here’s a thank you? Your child stood on that line between tyranny and freedom and never came back, so here’s a thank you?
Absolutely, we have a tremendous responsibility that we believe and behave as a “grateful nation” on whose behalf that folded American Flag was presented to a survivor. We must make sure that’s not just a speech.
We must go beyond that, though. What is it for lives to be spent for the liberty of a nation if we wantonly throw it away? If we use our liberty only for our pleasures and not for good of our neighbor?
Let us honor the lives given that we may be free in the best way possible: by not squandering what they have paid for. And let us not foolishly throw lives away for anything less than that liberty ever again.