"Like generations of heroes before them, these Americans gave everything they had -- not for glory, not even for gratitude, but for something greater than themselves. We cannot bring them back. Nor can we ease the pain of their families and friends who live with their loss. "But we are the Americans they died to defend. So what we can do -- what we must do -- is fulfill our sacred obligations to them, just like they fulfilled theirs to us. We have to honor their memory. We have to care for their families, and our veterans who served with them. And as a nation, we have to remain worthy of their sacrifice -- forever committed to the country they loved and the freedom they fought for and died for."
In honor of Memorial Day, MaddowBlog will likely be pretty quiet today, but we'll be back to normal tomorrow.
In the meantime, there was something President Obama said in his weekly address over the weekend that stood out for me: