Today people will come together in tradition for their annual cookouts, semi-vacations, parades, and fireworks displays. My family is no exception to this as we march in our town’s Memorial Day Parade in the morning then head to our family’s gathering for burgers and hotdogs in the afternoon. But gatherings and barbeques are not the reasons Americans celebrate this national holiday.
Freedom—we are able to celebrate today because of the freedom’s given to us, protected by those who have bravely fought and gave their lives for our country.
Total number of U.S. casualties in the Civil War climbed to 646,392
In WWI – 320,518
In WWII – 1,076,245
Vietnam – 211,454
Today’s War on Terror – 48, 430
Those are numbers of human lives that have been ended or dramatically changed over the years.
In John 15:13, Jesus says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Today I am grateful for the willing souls, past and present, who have courageously answered the call to defend our freedoms. It is my prayer that American’s embrace the greatness of our country and continue to wave the American flag with pride.
Remember the lyrics to our National Anthem as Francis Scott wrote:
“..and the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night, that our flag was still there…”
Let us pray that our Flag will always be there, waving gracefully and freely in the air, and reminding us of the precious cost of freedom.
Thank You to all our servicemen and women!
Happy Memorial Day!