“Greater love has no man than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Today is Memorial Day, the day we remember all fallen warriors of our military, from all wars and conflicts in United States history. While pop culture hi-jacks this holiday weekend for store sales, barbecue parties, and the “unofficial start of summer,” we need to set all that aside and focus on exactly why we have this vacation day. It is so much more than having a relaxing, fun time. The families of our fallen heroes know this the best, and the loved ones of current military servicemembers know that Memorial Day could become extremely personal in the future.
A group of bag pipers played Amazing Grace as part of the riderless horse tribute, which is one of the most moving things I’ve ever experienced. Hearing Amazing Grace on the bag pipes is emotional enough, but couple that with honoring our fallen heroes – I didn’t actually cry, but my throat hurt. However, we are wise to remember the words of the renowned General George Patton, which Master of Ceremonies Keith Self quoted:
“It is foolish and wrong the mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.”
It is natural to feel sadness when loved ones die, and it is always heartbreaking to lose one of our warriors. But instead of becoming stuck in our sadness, we need to celebrate the lives of our heroic military members. We need to be grateful that our country was blessed by their service, that they had the courage to give the ultimate sacrifice so that we and future generations might live in peace and liberty, in the greatest country the world has ever known.
God Bless our fallen heroes! To you we are eternally grateful.