It is that time of the year that we honor all who have served on the behalf of those Americans who did not have to step up to the plate directly because the real heroes have taken the risk of defending us. The least we could do is to offer our most sincere gratitude to those who have answered the call.
It is due to the efforts of these men and women who have accepted the call that we enjoy the freedoms that we have as Americans, lest we forget that regardless of what our opinions may be, that many have fought and supported our right to have your independent beliefs and have offered us a degree of safety while we enjoy the lives that we lead in the United States of America.
Many have fought bravely and some have even paid the ultimate price for our freedoms.
Yes, PFC Aaron Fairbairn was a 20-year-old volunteer who willing accepted the responsibility and it cost him the ability to live the life that would have been fitting for such an honorable young man. Our hearts break every day, realizing that his strength and honor would mean that he would not marry, or lovingly raise children that would be a part of his legacy.
His legacy, like that of so many others, would be that of a hero; one who was willing to give his life for his friends, brothers in arms, relatives and fellow Americans. He is but one, but his sacrifice will long be remembered by many, as will the lives of others who preceded him in making the ultimate sacrifice and each one who has done so since.
Every day, many individuals perform a wide variety of functions to maintain peace of Americans with dignity and this day is set aside to honor them – each and every one of them – who have given a portion of their lives in support of our country and the greater good.
Thank you; every American who has served and those who are currently in service.
Today is your day.
May you all receive the respect for serving with strength and honor, just as Aaron did. My hope for you is that you enjoy all the benefits for the sacrifices you have made for us.
God bless you for your service, and I thank God for every one of you.