On Memorial Day, we, as a nation of free people, pay homage to those who have died fighting for the United States of America.
We have said this many times before on our editorial pages over the years, but it takes something special to sign one’s life away to the armed forces of the United States and to spill one’s blood and to make the ultimate sacrifice in faraway places.
Many of us cannot imagine the terror and the pain of such a loss thousands of families have faced with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
We salute the bravery of those who served and who have died. We regret the loss of American lives in foreign lands.
We often ask ourselves, why do we put our soldiers, sailors, and flyers in harm’s way for others?
What does it get us?
In the Civil War, the Union was saved, and slavery wiped out. In World War 1, our intervention helped to conquer the Germans.