Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier. And, our soldiers don't just give freedom abroad, they preserve it for us here at home.
For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest.
It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gives that protester the freedom to abuse and burn that flag.
Maj Kevin Dolata, an F-15 Eagle pilot from the 1st Fighter Wing, and Maj Charles Corcoran, an F/A-22 Raptor, a pilot assigned to the 27th Fighter Squadron, fly in formation in route to a training area off the coastline of Virginia, April 5, 2005. (USAF Photo by TSgt Ben Bloker)