Today is Memorial day here in the states. It is the day that we remember the 800,000+ who gave their lives, paying the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of America and other countries. Although this is an American remembrance, many from other counties also died for our freedom.
I shed a tear in church yesterday, the first since my fathers funeral. They called up the soldiers who were in either the Army, Navy, Airforce, Coast Guard or Marines and played their theme song. I was very proud to be an American and thought of the many they served with who couldn’t make the walk to the front of the church. It was a wake up call that we live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. We were also reminded that another paid the ultimate sacrifice for us 2000 years ago on the cross for our freedom.
But today is the day we stop to recognize that freedom is not free. It is defended by those who are brave. Many went to serve their country and didn’t return so that we can think and say what we want without a cruel dictator or regime censoring it, and many have tried over the years. I for one am grateful.
and my Father who served in WWII.
I was going through some old clippings and found one from the AP that documented my Dad’s efforts..
Today at 3 PM, there will be a moment of silence to honor and to remember these who didn’t ask to be chosen, but went anyway. Here is the text:
The White House Commission on Remembrance is an independent government agency whose missions include:
- Promoting the spirit of unity and remembrance through observance of The National Moment of Remembrance at 3 PM local time on Memorial Day;
- Ensuring the nation remembers the sacrifices of America’s fallen from the Revolutionary War to the present;
- Recognizing those who served and those who continue to serve our great nation and reminding all Americans of their common heritage.
So while we splash in the pool, eat at a cook out and enjoy our activities, let us not forget that it was paid for with a heavy price.