“No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 (NIV)
Most of us have Monday off as a holiday. It is Memorial Day – a day where we honor those who gave their life for our freedom while serving. For the surviving soldiers, all the families and friends, it’s no holiday. Some suffer greatly struggling with grief in the loss of their loved ones and fellow soldiers. For them, every holiday can hold painful reminders of the loss of their loved ones. Please remember them in your prayers and enjoy the very freedom they provide. God bless you and everyone!
We were some of the fortunate. While our earthly father did not die in combat he committed his life and career to serve our country and sacrifice his life should circumstances dictate it.
He was career military, a pilot, a man who respected authority and loved his country. Our father came home from each mission and each tour of duty, but many other men and women did not.
This is the last picture I have of our father and mother. You see, our mother’s ashes are in his casket. I was in my early 40’s when momma passed away and about five years later daddy joined his bride.
Please don’t feel sad for me or my siblings because our parents lived a long life. Rather, join us today as we honor those who served and protected our country and preserved our very freedom with the ultimate sacrifice… their life.
Today as you gather with friends and family, grill at the park or the waters edge, or detonate fireworks or sparklers, honor the soldiers, their families, and the communities in which they loved.
To all the servicewomen and servicemen who died for our country and our freedom, we honor you.
Freedom isn’t free. In honor of all… we will never forget.
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