Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Today the summer season unofficially begins, but more importantly, it's Memorial Day—the day we remember the men and women who died while serving our country. It first began just after the Civil War ended and our nation began the healing process from the bloodiest war in history that left some 600,000 dead. We also remember the men and women who died in all our wars from the Revolution to Iraq and Afghanistan. Scripture tells us that "No greater love hath a man than he lay his life down for a friend." This is true of the American patriot who lays down his life for his countrymen. Their willingness to serve, their courage and their sacrifice make it possible for us to sleep safely at night knowing we are protected. And for those who made the ultimate sacrifice we are truly grateful.