Someday, when the lion lies with the lamb and neighbors everywhere love their neighbor, we humans will no longer need soldiers. But on this day I call to mind all those ancestors and relatives who died serving a greater cause; all those who witnessed the horror of war, returned home and lived their lives with grace and courage; and all those who set out today, on my behalf, to defend and protect our nation’s freedoms.
- Abia Minor Pennsylvania Revolutionary War
- William Rowlett Virginia Revolutionary War
- John Bradford Virginia Revolutionary War
- William Wills Green Virginia Revolutionary War
- John Pearson Minor Pennsylvania War of 1812
- Greene Dodson Virginia Civil War
- Ira Sayles New York Civil War
- Anderson Strickland North Carolina Civil War
- George Strickland Virginia World War I
- Sidney Strickland Virginia World War II
- Clifford Strickland Virginia World War II
- Michael Strickland Alabama Vietnam War
- John Minor Pennsylvania Vietnam War
- Michael Hanlon * Pennsylvania Currently Serving
This Friday we stop to remember the courage and sacrifice of these Americans, and the support and perseverance of their families. Thank you.
*My daughter’s childhood friend since Kindergarten, expected to be deployed in Afghanistan early 2012.
Originally posted here on Memorial Day 2011.