I believe that in the kingdom of God, swords will be beaten into plowshares. In general, I do not approve of warfare as a viable solution to problems—I hope that the human race will evolve beyond such violent measures. I have marched in anti-war rallies and registered my complaints with senators and representatives. My strongest words are for those in leadership whose policies ravage populations and determine the fate of our young men and women in uniform.
But I vigorously honor and thank those young men and women. They traverse land, sea, and air, working faithfully to carry out their duties to defend and protect our country and also the principles of humanity we try to stand for. My heart is with the families of those who serve. And my prayers today are especially for those who have died in service and the families that survive them.