The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain...
To the CU veterans and retirees...I want to say thank you. While it seems like the currently serving soldiers who get the thanks...the truth of the matter is that if you hadn't stepped up and served when you did...we wouldn't be here doing it now.
Today for me personally I want to remember both of my grandfathers...Master Sergeants in the U.S. Army Air Corps in War Two.
And I remember my good friend SSG Adam Dickmyer, Guard of Honor Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. badge #528 KIA 28 Oct. 2010 Kandahar Province Afghanistan.