Remembering Those Who Gave All

Arlington National Cemetery

This holiday weekend we pause to reflect on weighty matters. We are reminded that freedom is not free, but was purchased for us by those who willingly laid down their lives.

It's so easy for us to get caught up in the pattern of our daily lives and forget the awesome blessings we have already received and the price that was paid. How difficult this weekend must be for those who have lost loved ones in the service of our country...

For many of us Memorial Day is about cookouts and car races, wearing white shoes again and the start of summer vacation season. But for those who have lost a child of tender age, or a beloved parent or sibling, this holiday is so much more. Let us not forget the sacrifice made by our soldiers and their families who remain among us.

Memorial Day tradition is to fly the American flag at half staff until noon to honor the dead. Interestingly, it is to be raised briskly at noon and remain at full staff for the remainder of the day.

"The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all." http://www.usmemorialday.org

 

And so it is now for us to walk in the freedom that has been given to us. All the while remembering that it is our duty to maintain this freedom for future generations. While we may not be called to make the supreme sacrifice that our heroes did, we are called daily to protect and defend their values- resolving not to let their sacrifice be in vain.

 

Memorial Day Reflections

 
I don't have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world. ~  Ronald Reagan

 

Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations, that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of a free and undivided Republic.  ~John A. Logan
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
Give me liberty, or give me death. ~Patrick Henry
 
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened. ~ Billy Graham

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. ~ Arthur Ashe

 

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. ~ Jesus, John 15:13
We hope all of you have a happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend : )

 

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