“Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.” ~Daniel Webster

By Alden L. Benton

Today is Monday — the last day of a three-day weekend and the first big travel holiday of the year.  The weather in southern California where I live is spectacular.  The sky is clear and the weather is warm.

All over the area, families are going on picnics, to visit friends or relatives, or staying home and enjoying the day with a barbeque.  The advertisements for the weekend scream about sales and clearances.  Life simply goes on as usual.

However, today is not like any other day.  Today is not a day to buy or to celebrate.


Today is the day when the United States honors and remembers the men and women who have died in service of their country. 

Whatever privileges we enjoy, we owe to them.

Today is not a day to discuss whether the wars in which we have fought were just or whether they were worth the blood and treasure spent.  Rather, today is about the warriors who fell — those who paid the ultimate price for us.


There have been many wars from the Revolution to Afghanistan.  And there have been many who died. 

Today is the day to remember them and to honor them.

Today is also a day to pray that there will be no more wars, and to pray that no more brave men and women will be brought home in flag-draped caskets.

Wherever you live, take a moment out of your day and reflect in silence about those who served and died; reflect upon their sacrifice. 

Above all else — never forget.

Never forget.


“They fell, but o’er their glorious grave floats free the banner of the cause they died to save.” ~Francis Marion Crawford

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