“We are the Americans they died to defend. So what we can do — what we must do — is fulfill our sacred obligations to them, just like they fulfilled theirs to us. We have to honor their memory. We have to care for their families, and our veterans who served with them. And as a nation, we have to remain worthy of their sacrifice — forever committed to the country they loved and the freedom they fought for and died for.” — President Obama commemorating Memorial Day