Today, I honor you.
I, who served in peacetime.
I, who lived to enjoy the blessing of freedom for which you gave your life.
I, who say a prayer of gratitude today for your selflessness and patriotism.
You took enemy fire.
You faced starvation, torture, and imprisonment.
You died on land, in the sea, and in the air.
You died doing the duty you promised to our country.
You never returned.
You paid the price.
I served, but you served and died.
I honor you.
I will never forget.
May eternal light shine upon you,
and upon the memory of your sacrifice.