Our debt to our valiant few

We are a nation whose all-volunteer military constitutes less than one percent of our total population.  Yet those young men and women are called upon to fight continuing wars all around the globe to protect more than 300 million of the rest of us from the depredations of the savage wolves of Islamic terrorism.  Consider those numbers this Memorial Day, and then reflect upon those of our protectors who have given their lives in that endeavor.  Then ponder how appropriate to our current times are the words of Winston Churchill when praising Britain’s Royal Air Force for fighting off the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain:

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

So true then and so very true today – we, the many, owe a huge debt to the few, those valiant few sheepdogs who have laid down their lives in protecting their beloved flock.