It is said that being a Gold Star Family is an honor that no one wants. Created 102 years ago, this honor is bestowed upon loved ones of those who died in the line of military service. Since 9/11, there have been over 7,000 combat deaths and 16,000 non-combat deaths, e.g. service member suicides, resulting in tens of thousands of families who have sacrificed their loved ones for duty, honor and country. If one adds families from previous conflicts, we easily exceed 100,000 families that share the sacrifice of their loved one for the amazing quality of life and freedoms that we enjoy.

This Memorial Day think about those families as they celebrate the lives of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

During President Lincoln’s second inaugural address he captured our obligation to Gold Star Families quite well, “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.” We must continue to honor this commitment and take care of these folks.

We are Americans! We chart our destiny, enjoy freedoms like no other nation, continue to attract and grow the best ideas and lead the free world. It is for these remarkable reasons people have died; celebrate them and the ones they left behind this Memorial Day, thank you!

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