Today I'm reminded of our visit to Normandy and the American Cemetery there. We arrived late in the day and were overwhelmed by row after row of pristine white crosses. As we wandered lost with our own thoughts, Taps began to play.
Everyone turned and realized the flag was being lowered and the cemetery would be closing soon. We all silently gathered around the flagpole and as American music played the attendants solemnly unhooked and folded the flag. Most of the visitors were Americans; sad, thankful, proud, humbled Americans; weeping silently for the brave young men who fought and died here, yet took this beach against all odds.
I think we all left with a deeper appreciation of America's role in World War II and solemn gratitude to those souls who guaranteed our way of life with the ultimate sacrifice. Today we should all say a heartfelt Thank you to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much, and continue to sacrifice, so that we may live in freedom.