a Veteran’s Day ceremony in November 1985 at Arlington National
Cemetery in Virginia, then-President Ronald Reagan offered these
words of praise and inspiration:
is, in a way, an odd thing to honor those who died in defense
of our country, in defense of us, 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,
and 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 our country, for us. And all we can do is remember."
that we will always remember and appreciate the incredible liberties
we enjoy and those who have helped make them possible.