Memorial Day: Cookouts, Beach, Family and friends...the 'unofficial' beginning of Summer!
But what is Memorial Day, really?
It's a time to remember.
A time to remember the sacrifice that millions of men and women and their families in our country have made over the years to fight for our nation, it's values, it's unique history, and its people.
America still stands for freedom and liberty, and there are many in this world that reject these values. At times, these threats are acted upon, and we must defend ourselves.
That's when the men and women in our military have stepped up and given themselves for something greater. They've understood that some things are worth sacrificing for. Some things are worth putting our lives on the line for, and some things are even worth dying for.
Liberty and freedom are two of those things.
Since the war for our independence, it has been necessary for men and women of courage and conviction to stand up and defend America...to show a willingness to make 'the ultimate sacrifice'.
Jesus said "There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." (John 15:13)
Many have, over the years, shown a willingness to show that kind of sacrificial love...not only for family and friends, but also for fellow Americans they'll never meet!
Because we're unified as AMERICANs...as those who love freedom and liberty; those who still believe that "these truths" are self-evident: "That all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness".
Today, I am thankful for the millions of men and women over the last 236 years that have sacrificed their convenience, their comfort, their health, their time, their dreams, and their lives...for America!
Today, may God bless them and their families with the awareness that they made a difference!
We honor you, veterans.