Sunday is Mother's Day, and I want to send a special wish to special moms. First, I send all of my love to my mother, who sacrificed mightily to raise and give me every opportunity she was able. She instilled in me a love of learning and the DNA to stand for that which is right and just. I also want to acknowledge the woman that I credit most for my being what I am. My mother is special and she gave her all for me, but it was my grandmother who both spoiled me and instilled her wisdom and insights.
My grandmother passed away in April of 1972, and I've missed her every day since. I mention her on this Mother's Day because of my deep and abiding love for her and because she was every bit the mother to me that my mom is.
There is another group of mothers I want to recognize this Mothers Day. They are the mothers who have lost sons and daughters in conflict and war. I do not truly know the depth of your loss and grief. I have my son. Your children are gone.
I want you to know and be assured of this: your children did not give their lives in vain. They gave their lives in defense of what they believed in. They gave their lives in defense of country, in defense of other countries, and in defense of security for others. I know that may be difficult for us to understand, and I know some who have suffered the loss of their children in military service may disagree. When your child volunteered to serve their country they understood that their service also included the possibility of going into conflict.
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