This must be an emotionally raw and sad Memorial Day for the new families who have lost loved ones in war.
The red of our flag is a little redder this year for so many new young ones have crossed the battle threshold in service to country and too humanity.
The Blue of our flag is little bluer this year for each death in combat spreads a painful ache across the communities of America as family and friends mourn their warriors and bury the dead with bugle calls and salutes.
The White of our flag is a little brighter this year for these deaths were not in pursuit of tribute or territory, but bathed in the purity of securing liberty and sharing the brightness of expanding freedom.
And on this day of honor and remembrance, we add new stars to the millions of others who have gone before in old wars and ancient battles. Their great sacrifice, individually and collectively, will eternally rest with honor among the fifty visible stars on our flag as it waves proudly and solemnly to acknowledge the greatest sacrifice of all.