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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

How We Honor Their Sacrifice

How We Honor Their Sacrifice

In this age of tanks, helicopters, jets, rockets, and drones, how can we learn from a battle fought on horseback or on foot? When taken down to the basic principles, war hasn't changed. We fight for our country, to protect the people we love and the freedoms we hold dear. And we take inspiration from the soldiers who fought, on horseback or on foot, to give us those freedoms in the first place.

Speaking at the dedication ceremony in Gettysburg for the Soldiers' National Cemetery, 155 years ago this month, President Abraham Lincoln remarked that "the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here." In truth, no one has ever forgotten, nor will anyone ever forget, Lincoln's brief, immortal words on that day. But Lincoln was right in predicting that Americans would remember with profound gratitude those who offer, and all too often give, the last full measure of devotion so that "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Such gratitude is owed in equal measure to all those veterans who came before and all those who have come since. These men and women who sacrifice so much represent the best of America.

The brave citizen-soldiers who made our country what it is today may be gone, but we have an unprecedented opportunity to honor them. Now is the time to protect the hallowed grounds where so many shed blood and laid down their lives. In another generation, it may be too late.

Thank you for everything you do to honor veterans past and present.

With deepest gratitude,

Lt. General Richard Mill, USMC (Ret.)
Lt. General Richard Mill, USMC (Ret.)
Board Member
American Battlefield Trust

For my fellow veterans as well as those men and women in uniform currently serving, we would be grateful if you would take a moment to tell us about your service in our brief Veterans Survey. Any information you provide will be kept confidential.

American Battlefield Trust