Yesterday afternoon, I put up a link to the Warrior Song, not knowing what was about to take place at Fort Hood in Texas. There, a man took the lives of his fellow soldiers, and while his motives are not clear at this time, what is clear is that today we are a lesser nation for the loss of the lives of those soldiers.
The Warrior Song got me thinking, though – about the nature of our grief for those soldiers who lost their lives yesterday. Whether they were a clerk, a cook, an accountant, a rifleman, it doesn’t matter – each and every one of them was a warrior. So yes, mourn their passing. Grieve for their families in their hour of lost. Grieve for our nation, for we are indeed a lesser country for each warrior we lose. But never forget that they were the best of us; as long as nation remains one where men and women volunteer to defend their nation, we are truly a great nation.