We are not an old country; in respect to the history of mankind, we have played out a very fast story. Leave it to us Americans to do a whole lot with that little time we have had though! Having only officially been a country for 235 years, we've had the opportunity to prosper and grow at a huge rate. During that growth though, thousands have died to ensure that it continued to happen. I personally know that when I visit my mother's grave, it's like looking through a history book. Uncles, grandfathers, and their brothers all have a spot there as well, to stay for the rest of time. Some didn't make it past 20; others had long lives in the service. Taking a knee to read the tombs is incredible, because you can see who lived and died to protect the ideas that this country stands on, and to pave the way for you and I to be here today.
So take a minute today, remember those who served. They did it for their families. They did it for their country. They did it for you.