As we go about our day today wrapping up a long weekend, my thoughts return to the Memorial day three years ago when we laid my friend Marylou’s brother to rest at Arlington.

It was a beautiful day — a picture perfect day — for an occasion such as this.  The 21-gun salute, the triple helo flyover, the careful folding of the flag before it was presented with the thanks of a nation to Capt. Herbert C. Crosby’s mother; the respect that was shown to Capt. Crosby by his brothers in combat, and finally, the mournful sound of taps, played by a solo bugler standing at a distance.

I know that Marylou and other Gold Star families are thinking of their loved ones today.  It hits hard, no matter how many years have passed, whether it’s the first or the 40th.  My prayer today is that their hearts are soothed by the blessed balm that faith in our Creator brings to us all.

I salute all our gallant men and women — some of them just kids — who have worn our nation’s uniform and died in it while defending this great land of ours.

Please join Patriots honoring Memorial Day across our great nation on Monday by observing a moment of silence at 3:00 p.m. local time for remembrance and prayer. Flags should be flown at half-staff until noon, your local time. Please give a personal word of gratitude and comfort to surviving family members who grieve for a beloved warrior fallen the battlefield defending our cherished liberties.Mark Alexander, Patriot Post