I’ve tried to post this beautiful short film on Memorial Day every year.
It’s a reminder that those who served are brothers and sisters, despite inter-service rivalries that may result in some good-natured ribbing.
It’s a reminder of the ties that bind us.
It’s a reminder to honor those whom we lost.
This year I once again honor friends with whom I deployed and whom we lost, spouses of friends killed in combat, and every Soldier, Sailor, Airman, and Marine who lost his or her life defending ours and supporting and defending our country and Constitution.
This year, I also honor David Huddleston – the talented and prolific actor who played the Sailor in this short film, and who died last August, and who was also an Air Force veteran.
I weep for them. I remember them. I love each and every one of them.
This is a solemn time for the veterans you may know. It’s a time to remember their brothers and sisters and to honor their lives and their sacrifices.
Remember that as you grill and frolic in the sunshine and enjoy the long weekend.
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.
William Shakespeare, Henry V