Memorial Day weekend means barbecues and picnics and baseball to many Americans, but for others it holds a deep sense of honor, gratitude and loss. USA Today this week carried a feature story on the deaths of two Air Force captains on Memorial Day a year ago. Closer to home, I was honored to meet the proud family of Tucson’s Joshua Lucero, killed in action in Iraq in 2004.
We remain a nation at war. Take a moment this weekend to pause and remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice so we can live in freedom. And remember to pray for the families whose recognition of Memorial Day has been forever altered by the loss of a loved one, even as we pray for the safety of our troops today.

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