From a high point on the western banks of the Potomac River, there is a view of Washington, D.C. that includes The United States Capitol, The White House, and many historic landmarks. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers, in precise formation share that view, as they symbolically stand eternal watch over the leadership of the country they sacrificed their lives to preserve. Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for soldiers who fought in every American war dating back to the Revolution.
Every American is obligated to spend a quiet moment walking a portion of the 624 acres. Listen in the serene quiet to songbirds celebrating the beauty of the landscape as the hollow, somber sound of a horse-drawn, flag-draped caisson making its way on a cobblestone road announces in muted tones that another soldier is joining his comrades in arms.
Our debt to these brave men must be paid in patriotic celebration of the values upon which our country was founded and which they upheld with their supreme sacrifice. Let us all make this Memorial Day special. Ask our congressmen and senators to cast their eyes upon the rolling sea of white gravestones; to consider in that moment their obligation to the silent sentinels who watch over every step they take, every word they speak. Ask our president to honor those brave soldiers through words and deeds that recognize their role in the history of our country.