In 1917, the best a generation had to offer fought bravely to defend freedom and the ideal of a civilized society. In 2007, another generation serves that cause in a far off land. Time and again we have called upon young heroes who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for others. Time and again they answer that call. We are not always as fortunate in our choice of leaders who possess the vision and ability to avoid situations where such sacrifices become necessary.
We salute, as always, those who have served and fallen and those who serve today. But we think we honor them best by being true to the principles of freedom and democracy which require vigilance on the part of citizens as to whom they permit to lead them and the kind of qualities they ensure are brought to that great trust.