Key quote from President Obama:
The families that I met with know in their hearts what every American must never forget. ; At its core, the nobility and the majesty of Memorial Day can be found in the story of ordinary Americans who become extraordinary for the most simple of reasons: They loved their country so deeply, so profoundly, that they were willing to give their lives to keep it safe and free.
In another time, they might have led a life of comfort and ease. But a revolution needed to be won. Or a Union needed to be preserved. Or our harbor was bombed. Or our country was attacked on clear September morning.
So they answered their country’s call. They stepped forward. They raised their hand. They took an oath, just as all of you did. And they earned a title that would define them for the rest of their lives. A soldier. A sailor. An airman. A Marine. A Coast Guardsman.