Today, in the rain, I stood on the sidewalk with my co-workers to salute a fallen soldier. No one abhors war more than I do, but I also believe it is imperative to acknowledge and honor those who make the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country. The sadness of a life struck down in the prime of youth is very heavy, but I am deeply grateful that there are those who serve us doing dangerous jobs to help ensure our safety and freedom. I can only hope to live my life in such a way to honor those brave men and women.

I dedicate this song by Elmore James to all those who have fallen.