Remembering those who paid ultimate price

Today, Memorial Day, is the day set aside to honor those who died while serving in the Armed Forces – those to whom our debt of gratitude is greatest.

Throughout the generations, more than 1.2 million have died for our country while serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

We honor them for their patriotism, skill and valor – and their willingness to put their lives on the line for us.

We thank God for them – and ask Him to watch over the families so many left behind.

And we ask God’s blessing and comfort, too, on those who have returned from the fight maimed in body and mind. Many of them will be among us today, mourning lost comrades, as we observe Memorial Day.

Once a year, we pause to honor them and to reflect on their sacrifices.

What they had in common was a sense of patriotism beyond the understanding of many they defended, a courage most civilians could not comprehend, and a fellowship impossible for any who have not worn the uniform to attain.

We pay tribute to them as our faithful guardians, men and women who did deeds beyond our understanding.

We revere them as fallen heroes – every one.

God bless and keep them all.