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Memorial Day – What is it All About?

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What is Memorial Day in the United States of America?  Is it just a three-day weekend kicking off the summer season or is it something more?   Memorial Day is a day designated to remember the soldiers that have died while serving in the armed forces of the United States.  The Bible says, “No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13).  They have expressed their love for our nation with their very lives!

As I write this article, there is a flag flying on my front porch.  When I look at it, thankfulness wells up in my heart for all those who died that I can live in freedom.  I can worship God freely.  I can voice my opinion freely.  I can travel freely within this nation.  I live in abundance and feel secure because of the American Soldier.

The majority of people in this nation may never have considered what this day is all about.  Many of our young people are clueless and therefore, not grateful.  They don’t teach what freedom really means in our public schools anymore.  We are slowly moving away from our roots.  If this continues we may be in danger of losing the freedom that so many have bled and died for.

Today there are hundreds of thousands of graves the contain that bodies of American soldiers who have given their very lives for our freedom and the freedom of other nations.  They were sons and daughters, brothers and sisters.  They were husbands and wives, dads and moms.  They were proud and brave soldiers who wanted to make a difference, so they went off to war to protect our freedom, but they never returned.  This is what Memorial Day is all about…remembering them.

It’s important to remember.  It’s vital to remember where we as a nation came from and why we still have the freedoms we have.  It is such remembrance that keeps things in perspective and keeps us on a steady course of continued freedom.

Let’s not just remember those who have died for our freedom, but those who served and are still serving in our military.  When you see them say, “Thank you for your service.”  Honor them with appreciation for the part they played in protecting our great nation.

I hope that we as a nation of free people would talk about the meaning of this day with our family and friends.  I hope we will bow our heads in thanks to God for giving us men and woman who were and are willing to sacrifice their freedom for ours.

American Soldier, we thank you for your service and willingness to protect us.  Thank you for your oath to protect the Constitution of the United States of America.  We are proud of you and love you! God bless you and God bless the United States of America!

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