“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”

That quote is ascribed to George Orwell. He actually wrote:

“Those who ‘abjure’ violence can do so only because others are committing violence on their behalf.”

The point is the same. Today most Americans will celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer and all its pleasures.

We owe it everyone who sacrificed so much, the dead, the wounded, their families and friends, to at least pause for a moment to honor those “rough men.”

As always, a special nod to the Gertson family.