As a nation we tend to talk about ‘rights’ and ‘freedoms’ as if they were something inevitable. But a quick look around the world will demonstrate the folly of that assumption. The ‘freedoms’ we enjoy and the ‘rights’ we claim were purchased in the coin of sacrifice, blood, and lives; and the same price is required to maintain them.
Today … on a day when we as a nation pause to honor those who have served in our military … let us take great care to remember the debt we owe to every man and woman who has ever taken the oath and gone far from home where they intentionally placed themselves in harms way to protect our great republic.
I ask everyone to join me in honoring our service members, past and present, for their service to our country and for their service in defense of freedom.