My husband, George, served in the United States Air Force for twenty years. In 2007, about six months before he retired from active duty, he was invited to speak at the Cedarville Memorial Day parade. Here's a bit of what he said:
"So while we reflect upon our fallen patriots, and shed a tear on their behalf, let us also honor them by resolving, each and every one of us, to do what we can to ensure that America remains a place worth living for, fighting for, and yes, even dying for."
It's not just that these patriots died for the freedom we enjoy. Their sacrifice calls us to action to preserve and protect their legacy. For some of us, like George, this means serving in the military, but for most of us, this means voting, volunteering, and standing up for the oppressed in our communities, states, country, and world. It's easy to forget, to take for granted our freedom. Today is our annual reminder of what that freedom cost those who paid for it with their blood.
Let's carry that reminder in our hearts each and every day with faithful gratitude.
*And because I'm a total sucker for patriotic montages, check out this video of God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood