It is with grateful hearts that we commemorate those who have served our country through military service.
Our nation has seen times of peace, in which service meant preparation rather than battle. But our military families always must sacrifice and bear the knowledge that battle may be required.
President Woodrow Wilson said, "It is a fearful thing to lead this great peaceful people into war ... civilization itself seeming to be in the balance. But the right is more precious than peace and we shall fight for the things which we have always carried nearest to our hearts — for democracy."
Democracy is what sets our nation apart. It gives us the freedom to dream, achieve and live our lives in accordance with our faith and values, not the dictates of a few. It is the precious commodity we all must be willing to defend, both in words and deeds.