While “God Bless USA” has close ties with Memorial Day. America’s beloved 40th president, Ronald Reagan,
spoke at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day in 1986. His speech reminds us to be thankful for the valor of others
and that Memorial Day is a time to remember the “splendor of America” and those who made the ultimate sacrifice
for their country. As we honor their memory, let us pledge that their lives, their sacrifices, their valor shall be justified
and remembered for as long as God gives life to this nation. And let us also pledge to do our utmost to carry out what must
have been their wish: that no other generation of young men will every have to share their experiences and repeat their sacrifice.
In my lifetime the thinking, when I was a child, this was “the greatest nation on earth.” Everyone was absolutely
certain that the USA was the best.