"There was never a good war, or a bad peace."
-- Benjamin Franklin
Most people would agree, war is not a good thing -- but sometimes it is a necessary thing. Since the beginning of our nation, Americans have had to fight to protect our freedoms. From the American Revolution to now, more than 1.3 million people have given their lives in our country's defense.
Today we honor our war dead, men and women who put their love of country ahead of themselves. President Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address called their sacrifice "the last full measure of devotion."
In the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln asked that those still living increase their devotion to the cause of the Civil War. Today, Americans can increase their devotion to their country by ensuring that the freedoms these brave men and women died to preserve are appreciated and not taken for granted.