Almost exactly one year ago my wife and I sat in the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. We were there to witness the commissioning of the class of 2021 Navy and Marine officers. The Commandant of the Marine Corps spoke briefly before he administered the oath to those who chose the Marines (of which our son was one).
I will put in quotes what I remember him saying, “Sometimes we have to fight. When we fight we have to win. There is no other option.” We heard those words while surrounded by the names of places memorialized in the stadium where so many fought — and died. Being so close to Memorial Day leaves one with a deep appreciation of what it means when we hear all those young men and women shout with conviction, “I do,” in response to the oath.