While we should of course keep in mind the various sacrifices of all those who have served and served our country in the armed forces, and do so throughout the year, it is fitting that we should give particular thought today to those who have given "the last full measure of devotion" to their comrades and their nation. It is impossible to pay adequate respect to those who have given their lives on a blog such as this, but allow me to point to a just a couple of Memorial Day articles worth your time. This editorial from the Boston Globe outlines the heroic deeds of the five servicemen who have been awarded the Medal of Honor (all posthumously) for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. This column from Bill Kristol encourages us to remember the nearly incredible progress that our forces in Iraq have brought about in the last 18 months.
And one final thing: the Gettysburg Address, as read by actor Sam Waterston in Ken Burns's The Civil War: