They shed their blood for freedom. Their families live with these sacrifices. And too often we forget that freedom isn't free. For those of us who served and live every day with our injuries, these selfless heroes will forever be our inspiration.
As I read the notices in the newspapers about the latest casualties in the "War on Terror," I cannot help but wonder about the children who someday will stand before a cross or memorial, as I did, and wonder.
America was born in war. The existence of evil means that war may always be an ugly necessity. But these days most of Washington's conflicts are wars of choice, military interventions for almost any reason other than protecting vital American interests.