I would like to say thanks to the men who died for freedom and liberty throughout our countries history. I know your ears will never again hear the sounds of this world but there are many of us who still feel a great sense of gratitude for the courage and sacrifice of our Fallen Soldiers.
This day is for the dead but please do not forget the living. Those who have returned from battle having seen the worse that humanity has to offer. Men with scars not only on the outside but on the inside as well. Many of the dead we thank today died so the men with scars could get home. Out of the chaos of war and battle they became family - brothers.
My wife's Grandfather, Paul Villamero served in three wars - WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He came home from each but I am sure he left a part of himself in every battle. He did not speak much of his service but I know from his wife that he relived those battles in his sleep at night. In July of 2007, he went to rest with his Creator. We miss him but are grateful for all he and the MANY other Vets have given to keep this Nation and many others free.
The dead should never be forgotten, nor their reason for their death - Freedom, Family, Love and Hope for a better tomorrow.