For a great many people, today is a day off from work, and a day spent with the activities associated with the beginning of summer... and that's fine, just don't forget that hundreds of thousands of American fighting men (and women) have died in the service of their country, fighting on behalf of their government. Their government, which is by, of, and for the people (that means US).
As we honor our war dead, let us remember that we, by electing smart, well-informed, and sane leaders, are directly responsible for sending these brave souls into battle.
Let us remember that, before we make decisions that may cost the lives of these brave men and women. Let us remember that their lives aren't to be thrown away, or spent in a cavalier manner. Let us remember that their dedication to our country shouldn't be misused for unscrupulous political reasons.
We owe those things to the memory of those we have lost, and especially to those we have yet to lose.