Today, there are lovers, wives, husbands, children, parents, siblings and friends quietly clutching flags or gold stars or the hands of those left behind. There are Veterans recalling their service. Streets in small towns are lined with flags bearing the names of men and women who once served our nation in the cause of freedom.

Let us all pause, and give thanks for our freedom. If it were not for their selfless moments of heroism, freedom would remain elusive.

— Media Lizzy