At Mass today, the choir sang the Navy hymn (linked here) in honor of Memorial Day, tomorrow, May 25. This is an occasion to remember the fallen heroes of all branches of military service, of course, but since San Diego is a "Navy town," this hymn seemed especially appropriate.
There are three generations of U.S. sailors in my family, so I have a soft spot for the Navy. But let us pause on Memorial Day to remember the sacred gift of every precious life lost in the service of our country. Theirs is a sacrifice we in our free nation benefit from, but can never repay.