Truer words were never spoken:
“Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier. And, our soldiers don’t just give freedom abroad, they preserve it for us here at home. For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag who gives that protester the freedom he abuses to burn that flag. No one should dare to even think about being the Commander in Chief of this country if he doesn’t believe with all his heart that our soldiers are liberators abroad and defenders of freedom at home.” – Senator Zell Miller (D-GA), 2004 RNC
This part of his speech starts at the 5:52 mark below:
As we do our yard work today, host BBQs, converse with family and friends, snooze on the couch, go about our daily business, please take a moment to remember those who have given all – and their families, too. They always need to know that the ultimate sacrifices made by their loved ones will be forever appreciated, and never forgotten.
(Originally posted Memorial Day 2011)