In Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Concord Hymn” he wrote: “Here once the embattled farmers stood, and fired the shot heard round the world.” From that era in 1775 until the present, almost 850,000 of America’s bravest and most noble young men and women have lost their lives in combat defending our liberties and national sovereignty. In addition, the lives almost another half million service personnel have been lost from disease and accidental death while serving our country. We have incurred a terrible toll on our nation’s young service members, and along the way, further incurred a debt of gratitude far beyond our ability to ever repay.
As we observe Memorial Day 2014, we would be remiss if we failed to honor all of our veterans who have sacrificed, but especially we should honor our fallen comrades who made the ultimate sacrifice. All gave some, but some gave all. Tomorrow is the time set aside each year to honor those who gave all their tomorrows so we who remain may enjoy ours.
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to email@example.com.