Sometimes our nation needs to fight to protect lives – ours as well as innocents in far away lands. This kind of violence always breaks God’s heart because violence is never God’s Will. Those who have been combatants know the horror of war better than anyone else and realize it should always be an act of last resort. When armed conflict becomes necessary, citizen soldiers step forward to serve. Today is a time when we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, honor their service and offer a prayer of thanksgiving that they were willing to die so we might continue to enjoy the blessings of freedom. May we never forget.