So very many people have given everything for their country. It is a privilege to live in the amazing world we do, even with all of its flaws and imperfections, and while everyone who’s made the world a better place has contributed to that, only some were willing to sacrifice their lives for that goal.
Hopefully someday we will transcend the need to be able to resolve a conflict without violence. We are far from that day.
And until we reach that point, we will need people willing to sacrifice their life for what their government, their people believe is the greater good.
And those people deserve our mourning and respect, no matter how badly we may disagree with a given conflict.
And may we continue to dream and strive for a day those sacrifices are no longer necessary.