Ok, I don't have the exact quote, but the retired Navy chaplain who spoke at our town's memorial today basically mentioned those two items as being the job of our military. I don't recall him saying that our military is there to protect our nation or national interest or help our allies. Naturally he followed this with a quote from Ronald Reagan.
The bright spot in this was that my 15 yr old son picked up on this and was able to make fun of him.
Next year I think we'll just go celebrate memorial day our own way.