Every Memorial Day we focus on remembering those who have died in the service. They are the men and women who fought valiantly on the battlefield to protect the freedom we hold dear, and the liberties we enjoy every day. This time, like no other, it has been more poignant to me. Maybe it is because there has been so much pain, suffering, and loss for the past year, that recently hearing the saddest story recounted of a fallen soldier, even though I did not know him, caused tears to well up in my eyes and roll down my cheeks. This loss occurred some years ago but it is still being felt by loved ones and close friends, as it was related by a personal friend, who choked up as he told of their last encounter before deployment. The mere lad, then 19 years old, would serve and ultimately die for his adopted country before reaching his 20th birthday.
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13
I am also reminded of another person who gave His life willingly for mine. He knew there was no possibility of escaping the threat of death or of returning to His home without injury. He had to die. Driven by love, He selflessly laid down His life, and paid the price for all humanity. He was young too, 33 ½ years old. What amazing love and saving grace. Because of love, He gave His life for mine.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16
Community Peeps, what pastime do you enjoy on Memorial Day? Do you enjoy the parade, outdoors, bar-be-cue, cook-out, a day at the beach or park? Whatever you choose to do, remember the fallen – gone too soon. In my past travels, I have found unique ways to pay my respect. I have visited places like: Pearl Harbor, Vietnam, Arlington National Cemetery, statues, and other significant sites that honor their memory. If you have a unique way of showing your respect, tell us how by sharing in the box below.
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