Memorial Day

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  John 15:13 NIV

Memorial Day is a sacred holiday in the United States.  It’s not the marker for the school year ending, just a day off from work, the beginning of summer vacation, a chance to barbeque, to take a weekend trip, to go the lake or a ballgame or anything of a playful nature.  It’s a day for us to remember all the veterans in our country’s history who died to preserve our freedoms and others’ freedoms.  It’s a somber occasion that shouldn’t be taken lightly.  

The United States has lost hundreds of thousands of men and women during military service in many wars.  More died in the Civil War than all others combined.  WW II was next, followed by WW I and on down the line.  We have many families that have lost members from WW II, Korea, Vietnam, the Middle Eastern conflicts, etc.  The impacts are far-reaching and affect many people.  

For today’s families who have lost a dad, mom, son, daughter or any other service member relative in the line of duty, we salute the memory of your loved ones and thank you for their sacrifice.  The freedom that we know as Americans isn’t free.  It never has been and never will be.  

Prayer:  Dear God, thank you for those Americans who served and sacrificed for their fellow countrymen.  Amen    

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