Today is Memorial Day. This day was officially proclaimed on May 5th 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. It was first observed on May 30th 1868 when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The purpose and true meaning of Memorial Day is not to have a three day weekend or to be able to have a BBQ and hangout with friends. The reason for the founding of Memorial Day is to honor of those who died serving the nation during war.
We are reminded of those who are serving all around the world, separated from their families on maybe one day a year. Their 365 days a year are spent fighting for the freedoms we wake up every morning to take for granted. Our heated homes, hot meals, running cars, jobs, schools, colleges, etc. Every day we wake up to take for granted the breathes we have to breath and the fact that America does not have war in our cities and in our homes. We are the land of the free and home of the brave. However we forget that very concept almost everyday, except for a moment a year when we bow our heads in silence, remembering why we are able to be free. Men and women all over the United States and the world are serving in the Armed Forces so that we can go to church, sleep soundly in our beds, and wake up every morning without even thinking about being in danger.
So lets take more than a few moments today and remember to keep those who fought, those fallen, and those still fighting for our freedom. However, don’t just keep them in a moments thoughts, instead keep them in your prayers to persevere and to be honored. We look to celebrities and famous people to be our idols, all the while there are soldiers fighting for YOUR Freedom. So lets not put soldiers on the sidelines, but thank them with every opportunity for being the ones who make our country what it is and that we can say Land of the Free, Home of the Brave. Christ gave the ultimate sacrifice of His life so that we may life, so these soldiers in the Armed Forces also give up their lives and time to fight for our freedom, offering to pay the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy our comfortable lives.
So thank God everyday for the freedom you have and for the men and women who are fighting for you. You do not have to support the war, but you do have to support the troops because they are ones who give you the opportunity to live in a free nation.
God Bless America. Thank you to all who those serving in the Armed Forces. We salute you.
Happy Memorial day.