Memorial Day weekend.
For many it signifies the glorious birth of a new summer. A time for blue skies, golden tans, and fun in the sun. Grills are fired up for the first time after a long winter, the family trucksters are loaded for a weekend at the beach, and the sounds of music and mirth are spread amongst the celebrants. But I want to tell you something before you start preparing for that family BBQ, or trip to the beach; as fun as all these things are, it isn’t what Memorial Day is all about.
It’s not about the beer or barbecues, the music or the laughter. Because the blood of the military heroes shed in the name of liberty, justice, and one’s God-given right to the pursuit of happiness is no laughing matter. And the music playing isn’t some overplayed mindless pop song, but Taps accompanied by the gentle sobs of families and other servicemen for the fallen.
Those wonderful men and women in uniform stand for something bigger than you, me, or even themselves. And the courage it took them to decide for such a career (even those that were drafted) takes a kind of bravery not all of us possess. They chose to fight, not run. That takes guts. These men and women are honorable patriots. And for that they deserve their due honor, never to be forgotten or scorned no matter the circumstance.
So, go ahead celebrate the long weekend with your family and friends, it’s your right. But before you do, remember the fallen that fought for your right to enjoy those beaches, to party all weekend, to practice free speech and freedom of religion. Remember the young widows who lost their husbands in battle. Remember the children waiting at home for their daddy to come home, or the parents of young soldiers. Say a prayer in your heart for the soldiers out there, that the Lord may guide their footsteps and strengthen them in the face of tribulation. Say a prayer, too, for the souls of the fallen heroes. And if you run into a veteran, don’t be shy, thank him for defending your freedom.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan
Thank you to all the brave soldiers for your past and ongoing service in the United States military. Your dedication and efforts are never in vain! Have a safe and blessed Memorial Day weekend. May God bless our veterans, our soldiers, and may God bless the United States of America!