Memorial Day

27 05 2012

We remember and honor those who fought for our freedom. I could not function in the place I am in (pastor) without the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion. I am grateful for the guardians of that holy light of liberty. Those who have paid the greatest price for that freedom deserve a day all to themselves. A day when we pause and lift our heart as a grateful nation for the ones buried overseas underneath a white cross or Star of David who never returned to their wives, children, and families. A day when we honor the ones who came home in a casket draped with an American flag. A day when we remember the ones who were never recovered.

I recently returned from Washington DC for the wedding of my son. We visited the WW2 Memorial. I have been there before perhaps three times, but it never ceases to put a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye. I stand in awe of the sacrifice of those soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines. The wall of over 4,000 stars says it all…one star equals one hundred casualties.

I served in the Navy during the Vietnam War, although I was never sent to the Country. It was a highly unpopular War because many could not justify the sacrifice of over 58,000 as “fighting for our freedom”. I can see their point, even though there were many other factors. No one could deny them their right to be remembered and honored this Memorial Day. Many graduated from high school, were drafted for 2 years, went to Vietnam, and were killed. Many of our casualties were those who were teens or in their early 20’s. One could make an argument that this current War on Terror has gone too far, but no one has the right to forget the casualties of this war. Don’t even imply that they died in vain because a wife, or parent, or child is listening to you trivialize their life and the sacrifice they made. They are heroes, and their courage and commitment inspire us all.

Let us seek to give honor to whom honor is due (Romans 13:7). Attend a Memorial Day service. Stop by a cemetery or monument dedicated to our heroes and think. God Bless America.

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