Before they go to college or begin their lives the way we do, many have had to go into battle, kill, see their friends killed, or have been cut down in the prime of their lives because Israel lives in a neighborhood where, when the neighbors say they want peace, they mean they want every Jew in Israel dead. They fight and they die for Eretz Yisrael not because they want to do so; only an idiot and a fool glorifies war and longs to fight and kill. They fight because the rockets are falling on their homes, on their friends and families. They fight in wars not half a world away, but in their backyards. They fight in wars they cannot lose because there is nowhere else to go.
So today we remember them all, and their families, who pay the ultimate price for peace.
Chazak v'baruch l'kulam.