This weekend, formally memorialized on the third Saturday of every May, America unites to celebrate each and every member of the Armed Forces who has fought and served to defend our nation, and to preserve and protect the God-given liberty we enjoy that is enshrined in our Constitution.
It is only because the men and women of these United States volunteer their military service with honor, courage, determination, steadfastness and selfless sacrifice that America remains free, our liberty is sustained and the civilized world is defended from tyranny and travail.
Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Marines -- we, your fellow citizens, honor you with our deepest gratitude, the tribute of our love and ceremonies recalling our undying memory of especially those fallen in battle -- to commemorate the incalculable price you have paid for our freedom.
We know that, as Abraham Lincoln said of the Gettysburg battlefield, it is
"for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
We, as a nation, can never truly repay our brave warriors who have served and suffered in battle, or their families, for their heroic devotion to America -- but we can certainly show them our love and take time this weekend to pay them the respect they have earned from a grateful nation.