”It is, in a way, an odd thing to honor those who died in
defense of our country in wars far away. The imagination
plays a trick. We see these soldiers in our mind as old and
wise. We see them as something like the Founding Fathers,
grave and gray-haired. But most of them were boys when they
died, they gave up two lives — the one they were living and
the one they would have lived. When they died, they gave up
their chance to be husbands and fathers and grandfathers.
They gave up their chance to be revered old men. They gave
up everything for their county, for us. All we can do is
– Ronald Wilson Reagan – Remarks at Veteran’s Day ceremony,
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia, November
The mother of Marine Gunnery Sgt. Adam Benjamin lays the wreath at the Veteran’s Memorial.
**Thanks to my friend Katy for reminding of the Reagan quote.