The picture above is from our family vacation to Washington, D.C. during the summer of 2008. During our time there, we made a point to visit Arlington National Cemetery. At the cemetery, we attended the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the gravesite of John F. Kennedy (pictured above), and observed a caisson carrying a soldier to his final repose.
All of this served, and continues to serve, as a solemn reminder that our freedom is certainly not free. Men and women have paid the price for our liberty with their very lives and continue to do so today. For this, I am most grateful.
On this Memorial Day, I am struck by the inscription found at John F. Kennedy’s gravesite pictured above commemorating his 1961 inaugural speech:
“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”
Looking out over the grounds in the picture above, row upon seemingly countless row of grave markers memorialize those brave souls who dared to ask what they could do for our country and for the freedom of all humanity. Many of those buried here and indeed in resting places throughout the world paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect and defend the cause of liberty. Today we pause to honor, remember, and give thanks for their sacrifice. We are forever indebted to each and every one of them.
We hope you all have a happy and safe Memorial Day as you and your family take time to honor these heroes.