In 1987, as the Cold War neared its end, Ronald Reagan asserted that “any American who has ever listened to a bugler sound Taps,” whether it was “halfway around the world” or on “a lonely tarmac stateside,” knows “why we set aside a special day each year to honor those who have died for our country and to pray for permanent peace.”
“We do so,” Reagan explained, “for the sons and daughters of our land who have perished in the cause of liberty.” He added, “We do so,” to honor the nation that “gave them their birthright of freedom” and “to revere, defend, and preserve” all these brave heroes and heroines who have given their lives to make the nation secure.
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Reagan beseeched God to bless “those who have died for our country” and “take them to Himself and reward their patriot’s love.” He prayed that God would give Americans the devotion and strength to build upon their foundation and create a more peaceful world “so that one day Taps will sound never again for the young and the brave and the good.”
As we celebrate Memorial Day this year, may we remember the sacrifice that millions of Americans have made to preserve our freedom and help promote peace and justice in our troubled world.
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