Memorial Day is a US Holiday where many people get a day off from work, we fire up the grills, and we enjoy the pool. It sounds like a great time and generally it is. What we must remember is why this holiday exists. There are many people who won’t get to celebrate this Memorial Day the way most will, and others who will not be able to celebrate it at all.
There are roughly 292,000 military personnel deployed to foreign countries as of December 31, 2010. There are many soldiers who have lost their lives defending our rights, and our opportunities to enjoy the times that we get to spend with our families. We may not all agree on the conflicts we are engaged in, but that is a debate that should be waged with our leaders, not our soldiers.
Today, despite political affiliations, personal feelings, and biases, we should understand and acknowledge that the things we enjoy today were made possible the sacrifice of those we are to honor on this Memorial Day. I hope you enjoy your burgers, your hotdogs, your chicken, your tofurkey dogs, your pizza, or whatever other types of food you plan to prepare. I hope even more that you enjoy time with your family and those that you love.
I hope you can appreciate them, enjoy the rights that you have, and understand that it is by the sacrifices of many, that we get to enjoy these things this Memorial Day. I’m thankful on this day that Jesus Christ made the sacrifice that he did for us, so that the believers who died defending our country can enjoy something far greater than we could ever know on this Earth.
I pray for safety, and protection for the 292,000+ men and women who are currently deployed, I pray that they will return safely to their families and I pray that they put their trust in the salvation of Jesus Christ so that we can all see each other again one day. Thank you to the soldiers, and their families who have lost so much so that I may enjoy the time that I have. We all owe so much more than we could ever repay. Happy Memorial Day.