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Over 40 years ago while bicycling through eastern France, I took a break and walked into a small grove of trees that grew in the middle of a wheat field. There, sitting in a small clearing was a simple stone, inscribed with the phrase “mort de la guerre.”

There was no name, no date, and no means of identification, just a simple stone marking the final resting place of someone who had fallen in defense of Liberty.

Since then, the men and women of the United States armed forces have been sent to the far corners of the world to defend the Liberty that we so often take for granted. It’s only appropriate that we dedicate at least one day a year in remembrance of those who didn’t come back.

This weekend there will be remembrances, parades, and family gatherings. To those of you for whom that family gathering will be to honor one of their own who, in words attributed to Lincoln: “laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom,” we should all offer a silent moment of thanks.

Secretary of State Colin Powell said in 2003:

Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.

Cemeteries around the world stand as testimony to the price our country has been willing to pay for our freedom. But whether it’s the beautifully manicured grounds at Arlington or Normandy or an anonymous grave in eastern France, our obligation is the same: to remember the cost of freedom and to honor all who were “mort de la guerre.”

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  1. Hang On Member
    Hang On Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Or the grave of an unknown German or Prussian. 

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    • May 25, 2020, at 3:42 AM PDT
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  2. Illiniguy Member
    Illiniguy Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Hang On (View Comment):

    Or the grave of an unknown German or Prussian.

    That’s altogether possible, however unlikely.

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    • May 25, 2020, at 5:22 AM PDT
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