Freedom is not free. And it is not cheap.
It is purchased with lives.
Lives that will not be completed. Lives that will not fill the emptiness of those who loved them, and lost them, and must live on without them.
Their families can’t even thank them. We can’t even thank them. For dying for us, even though they didn’t know us.
But they knew of us. They knew about America.
We can be cheered that their lives were not wasted. Many lives lived much longer are wasted. But dying for the greatest nation in history, for the hope of mankind – for the last hope of mankind – is not a waste.
But it is a tragedy. And it is awfully sad.
God bless the men and women who have fallen defending this country. And, dear God, thank them for us.