Today is the day we remember all those who have died in the service of this great Nation. It is not a day to be taken lightly, though too often these days, people are more consumed with sales and cookouts. It just seems to be the nature of the beast these days, and while people can certainly engage in those activities, I hope that they – we – take a moment to reflect upon, and/or say a prayer for those who were willing to lay down their lives for this country.
That sacrifice, often given willingly, to give one’s life for another, for a cause greater than oneself, is a type of heroism, bravery, and selflessness that is hard for many of us to fathom. To lay down one’s life for another is downright Biblical (John 15:13), and is a gift beyond measure or repayment.
It is that sacrifice that we honor this Memorial Day. I can think of no better way to honor the Fallen than to share this moving, infomative, video regarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Amphitheater:
The Unknown Soldier “is known but to God…” But he, and the others there, are not forgotten by this elite of elite guards, and the Nation.
And then there is this moving, and powerful, speech by President Ronald Reagan to honor those who gave their lives on Memorial Day:
“They gave up everything for our country, for us. We owe them a debt we can never repay. All we can do is remember them, what they did, and why they had to be brave for us…”
Amen to that. And that is what this day is all about, to remember them, remember their sacrifice, and be thankful for them.
As noted at the US Memorial Day site, a time has been set aside to do just that, to remember and honor the Fallen:
To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed in December 2000. It asks that at 3 p.m. local time all Americans “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of Remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps.”
And so, on this Memorial Day, may we take a moment to honor and remember those who gave their lives for us, and for the freedoms we enjoy…
This is an Open Thread.