A gunman warped our history, now we must shape our future

Staff photo by Doug Strickland / Vice President Joseph Biden speaks at a memorial for the five military servicemen killed here in the July 16 attacks on two local military facilities.

A nation's broken-hearted father spoke Saturday to this broken-hearted city and to the broken-hearted families of five servicemen who died here a month ago at the hands of what U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called a "perverted jihadist."

The very eloquent and plain-spoken Biden moved easily between grief, tribute and stirring patriotism. What he didn't do - in any sentence of his nearly 25-minute address - was mince words.

"Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, Sgt. Carson Holmquist, Petty Officer Randall Smith and Lance Cpl. Squire Wells - these are the men made of the stuff that makes this country the greatest country on earth. They're part of the less than 1 percent of the U.S. population that protects 99 percent of us.