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In Memory of Our Honored Dead

My writing has taken a somber turn lately, and perhaps appropriately so. This is Memorial Day weekend—a reflective time to honor those who died in conflicts and wars.

As of November 2006, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans, 43,185,893 men and women have served in the U.S. Military Service during war since the American Revolution. Of these, 1,194,198 have died. This number includes 3,040 deaths from the Global War on Terror, which has now risen to 3,444, as of May 25, 2007.

I am grateful for the service of the men and women of the U.S. Military and for the freedom they defend. I cannot think of a nobler, more moral country than the United States of America, despite any of its errors. The American sense of life has always been one of great hope and optimism for human progress and achievement. To fight for America is to fight for good in the world.

To honor all the men and women who valliantly serve or have served this great country, let us never forget the cost of freedom. Let us never forget to honor their life and memory.

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