Most Americans (myself included) are enjoying a day off today, courtesy of the men and women who have died defending our country—or someone else’s. But it’s sad that seemingly few of us take time to reflect on the sacrifices that generations past have made … and that so many Americans are still making.

Today, I spotted an article in The Washington Post titled On Memorial Day, U.S. soldiers in Iraq contemplate ‘forgotten war.’ The casualties from that war have been tragic, on both a human and an economic scale. But perhaps the true tragedy is that, as a nation, we seem to have grown bored of the war.

It’s been 7 years and 1 month since George Bush declared the end of major operations in Iraq. “Mission Accomplished,” read the banner. But the war goes on. Lives are still on the line.

So, on this Memorial Day, let’s pause for a moment to consider that people are still dying.

Let’s remember the true cost of war.

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