The Ultimate Sacrifice
How many of us have watched countless hours of World War II battles on the History Channel? With the passage of time, the loss of life in defense of our country becomes acceptable as we realize the freedoms we have enjoyed all these years were the result of their sacrifices.
That kind of perspective comes only with the passage of time. In real-time it is violent, disturbing and humbling. The personal tragedy that is befalling this man's family tonight is incredibly sad and my heart goes out to them. This man gave his life defending me, my children and all that I hold dear.
He did not die for a mistake. He did not give his life for a diversion. He was part of a historic, bold mission that is a strategic and central part of the war on terror.
When my kids watch the battle for Fallujah on the History Channel in fifteen or twenty years, they will see clearly how important it was to the future of civilization that we took out Saddam Hussein's Iraq and fought and won the war against these fanatics.
How do you say thank you?
Here is one small way to express our gratitude. As Americans who benefit from his ultimate sacrifice, we should be raising money for these families with as much energy and enthusiasm as we did for the 9-11 families. It is outrageous but true, the government does not adequately provide for the families of those who pay the ultimate price.