The Haunting Words of Secretary of Defense, the Honorable Jim Mattis…

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These are the words of the Secretary of Defense at the Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetary, May 29th, 2017. Very moving so I am not paraphrasing or editing this:

They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.

Mr. President, Mr. Vice President, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dunford, Gold Star families, everyone.

We gather here today with a shared attitude of gratitude.

Twenty-Three centuries ago, so Plutarch tells us, an old Spartan King observed, it is not the places that grace men but men grace the places.  Today we know that he was right.  More than a century ago, this 624-acre plot of land was a plantation on the…

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