Remembering Memorial Day

It's so easy to lose Memorial Day in all the fun of a 3 day weekend and good food! I've certainly fallen under that category.

It's great to have fun, and it's perfect to do on Memorial day, but do we remember that it's not about sales, or family, or an awesome barbecue? That it's not just a hoorah for America or even for all those who have served?

photo cred: Frank Glick
It is a day we remember those who gave all - who died in service of our county. For us. Who died serving us - to preserve our liberty.
 There's really no way to properly say thank you for such a sacrifice. We can honor the graves of those who have died, like we got to do HERE and HERE with our scouts in San Francisco. I loved that so much and really miss it! I wish I could do something like that today, but pregnancy sickness is limiting our big activities today. But it doesn't have to be big. We can take time to remember them, pray, think about what they died FOR. We can actually say thank you to those men and women and their families who serve. There are many ways!

But the flag is only at half mast for half of the day. At noon we raise it to its height in a national pledge that their sacrifice will not be in vain - that we will take their place in support of liberty and freedom. I believe this is the greatest way to honor them, as well as serve ourselves and our posterity. 
I'm so thankful to all the men and women who have sacrificed so much. Have a wonderful Memorial Day!
"We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed." 
-Thomas Jefferson
"Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood. "
- John Adams
 Battle Hymn of the Republic - Page CXVI

1 comment:

Katrina said...

Wow! I learned something! Didn't know the flag is at half mast til noon and then raised as a promise. So awesome. Love you!