Today is Memorial Day. For some it will be a day off of work or out of school. For others it will not be any different than their normal schedule. For some, regardless of normal schedule or otherwise, this day will have no special meaning… but today is Memorial Day. Since the first day of our country being a sovereign state on July 4, 1776, “more than 42 Million American men and women have served in time of war…more than a MILLION have purchased freedom with their lives.” (from homeoftheheroes.com)
Those who have died, the families that have been broken apart, for the millions more who have been wounded, some grievously, this day deserves more than hotdogs and hamburgers. It deserves more than cold beer in a cooler. It deserves more than to just serve as a reason to be off of work or school. This day has been set aside to serve as a reminder for us of the great love others have had so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have in the United States of America… set aside for us to remember the great price that has been paid by so many and will be paid by so many more.
I love this country. I love the ideals and standards that America was founded on. I love that my kids go to bed each night without fear. I love that our family is free to openly follow Jesus. I am proud to be the son of a man who served two tours in Vietnam and earned a silver star and two bronze stars and two purple hearts. I am proud to be the grandson of men who proudly served in WWII and fought for me and all the generations who would follow. I am proud of cousins and uncles and in laws and countless friends who have served in our nation’s military for our Nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all.
Today is Memorial Day. Today, but not only today, I remember.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. – John 15:13