From the bridge at Concord to the mountains of Afghanistan, patriots answered a calling unlike any other — a singular sacrifice that entailed selfless devotion to family and country, an instinctive desire to protect all that is good from all that is evil and the courage to lay down their lives to secure the blessings of liberty for their posterity.
They fought on land…on the oceans…and in the air. They paid for our liberty with their dearest blood; secured our new nation from invasion; kept it indivisible and protected America from the forces of darkness itself.
Today they continue to preserve and protect this, the last best hope for mankind on earth. They are the men and women of our nation’s armed forces…and they will never be forgotten.