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Remember a sobering sacrifice for freedom

U.S. Marine Corps veteran Thomas Hoare, a 25-year

U.S. Marine Corps veteran Thomas Hoare, a 25-year reservist, ties a yellow ribbon to the tree that survived the 9/11 terrorist attacks during the Veterans Day observance at the 9/11 memorial in downtown Manhattan on Saturday. On the eve of the city's annual Veterans Day parade, at the 9/11 memorial at the World Trade Center, a wreath was laid near the tree, which thrives more than a decade after it emerged from the smoking rubble. (Nov. 10, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

Memorial Day is the day our nation pays tribute to everyone who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces, particularly the approximately 1.2 million American service members killed during our nation's wars, declared and undeclared.

That's a staggering number, enough to fill Yankee Stadium . . . more than 24 times. We can go back through those wars and pick out the ones we agree with and the ones we don't. These dead were not afforded that luxury. They swore to serve, then did so. The roots of Memorial Day make that clear, as it originated after the Civil War to honor soldiers on both sides of our most divisive conflict.

Take a moment to pay tribute to the astonishing number of heroes who fell in the service of an astonishingly wonderful nation.

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