Monday, March 22, 2010
I've been reflecting on the frailty of the human experience. We are buffeted and torn from the time of birth, tempted and beckoned to choose poorly, subject to hunger, fatigue and loneliness. The wonder is not that we see so much failure and frustration in mankind. Rather the wonder is that we see occasionally such heroic lives that shine like a brilliant star while lived among us.
The Deseret News had an article and pictures of the young Utah lives cut short by service in the military. For the families of these valiant men and women who died for our country's interests, the loss will be lifelong. They will hardly take a breath from the day of their son or daughter's death that the memory of their child does not stay with them.
I don't think we do enough to express our collective gratitude for those who have lost their lives for others. Whether they are in the military, police service, firemen or others who die trying to render noble service for the rest of us, we owe a debt of gratitude to these families.