Why he's the best
From Ronald Reagan's Veteran's Day speech, 1985.
It is, in a way, an odd thing to honor those who died in defense of our country - in defense of us, in wars far away. The imagination plays a trick. We see these soldiers in our minds as old and wise. We see them as something like the Founding Fathers - grave and grey-haired. But, most of them were boys when they died, and they gave up two lives - the ones they were living, and the ones they would have lived. When they died, they gave up their chances to be husbands and fathers and grandfathers. They gave up their chances to be revered old men. They gave up everything for our country...for us. And all we can do, is remember.
Thanks to Exultate Justi for the reminder.