John Karis: For You, I Serve |

John Karis: For You, I Serve

On a windy hillside, adjacent a small cemetery of American veterans, a P-38 pilot stood before today’s Memorial Day assembly and said “the best way to honor those men who died is to appreciate being alive, in this beautiful, incredible country of ours.”

I wept as I recognized the unimaginable horrors and fatal sacrifices made by our veterans to create and preserve this country (and world). They have reminded me that because of them, I am (still) an American. Through their eyes they have reminded me of the importance of not only appreciating my country but my duty as a citizen to contribute to it, to maintain and strengthen the goodness that has made it great.

I’d like to once again stand and salute American veterans, with my deepest heartfelt gratitude, and honor their sacrifice every day by being a citizen who cares and contributes to that for which they gave everything – The United States of America.

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