Throughout Warren County today those with a sense of compassion, patriotism and perspective will pause to remember the sacrifice of other Americans who gave their lives to keep America safe.
For 147 years, since the end of the a bloodbath we know as the American Civil War, Americans have united to reflect on the memory of those who have been either killed, wounded or simply served the cause of freedom while in the uniform of their country.
Over that time, and on nearly every continent, brave men and women have faced enemies of America in jungles, in deserts, on oceans and in the air.
Because they served over there, we were safe here.
And, it wasn't just our own safety and freedom that was bought with American blood. As we mark Memorial Day with solemn services, children in France this month have been laying flowers on the graves of Americans who saved them from the crushing scourge of Nazism.
So many graves.
No one who has visited an American cemeteriy abroad has come away from the seemingly endless rows of stark white markers unmoved.
There are 124,905 Americans interred in those manicured landscapes, a small sample of the sacrifice Americans have made in the cause of freedom around the world.
There will be a number of ceremonies in Warren today when we attempt in some poor way to honor these American heroes. It's a chance to say thank you.
They'll be listening.