When called upon to defend the rights of this Nation to enjoy the liberty of freedom, the American soldier has responded courageously – whether it was WWII and rallied by support around the world,  or in Vietnam during a time of disruption and confusion among the people of our nation, or even today when the war in Iraq provokes similar confusion and disagreement among the citizens.

It is imperative that each of us show our respect for the soldiers who fought and to remember the sacrifice made by each for it is their dedication to duty that will ensure each call to duty is responded to with the assurance of victory over every threat to our freedom. Our land has been truly blessed and honored with Veterans who have given their lives to ensure that we have the freedom to enjoy the blessings given to us by God and assured in Liberty by the vision of our Founding Fathers.

Lee Greenwood sings a particularly sentimental song with the assurance that….he would gladly stand up and defend [America] today. God Bless the USA!

And today, as we should each day, we say God Bless those who have given of their lives to make America strong and to those who remain prepared to fight for our country today.

The men and women who serve, and who have served, in  the Armed Forces  are no less committed to protecting our nation than were the men who signed The Declaration of Independence. Their final words declare that “… for the Support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

Our Armed Forces continue to maintain that same standard of commitment and honor that was declared more than two centuries ago. On this Memorial Day – pause to reflect on just what has been given, and sacrificed so freely, so that Freedom could ring across this great land.