In Memory of those who heard the call to serve our country and gave their all. They packed duffle bags and footlockers. They gave hugs and kisses. They fought in trenches, tanks, ships, and planes, hospitals, bunkers, make-shift huts, and city streets. They traveled thousands of miles and walked through foreign lands. They heard sounds and saw sights that most cannot imagine. They took their last breath far from home. They went. They served. They gave their lives. Their sacrifice will not be forgotten.
In Memory of our service members who are still missing. They followed their orders overseas and put themselves in dangerous situations. We do not yet know the details of their experiences; we do know they embody courage, strength, and honor. Their homecoming is anxiously awaited. Their stories are not complete. Their sacrifice will not be forgotten.
In Memory of the men and women who went to fight the fight and although they returned home, they returned home a different person. Whether changed in body or in mind, they gave of themselves for our freedom and security. They may be home now, but they continue to fight to find their new normal. They deserve to be remembered as who they were before and honored for who they are today. Their sacrifice will not be forgotten.
In Memory of all who gave their lives in service for our country but will not be honored by statue nor memorial. For those we lost in training exercises, mishaps, and missions we do not hear about. They worked hard. They pursued excellence. Their sacrifice will not be forgotten.
In Honor of families and friends of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. For the conversations left unfinished, the inside-jokes lost of humor, and lives left incomplete. Today is more significant to them than most. Their loss is real and deep. Their sacrifice will not be forgotten.