Remembering Memorial Day

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Tomorrow, we celebrate Memorial Day; a day many simply relegate to simply consisting of BBQ, beer, a day off and the unofficial start of summer. Many may even wish you a “Happy” Memorial Day. Furthermore, others may use the day to thank a current soldier or a vet. While that is a better alternative than forgetting the day altogether, one should take care not to confuse this day with Veterans Day in November.

Through the years, this day had been bastardized by sheer ignorance and I would not doubt that many do not even know the real meaning of what we commemorate.

As a Christian, Easter is considered the most important day of the liturgical year. As an American, I contend that Memorial Day is. Just as our salvation was bought and paid in full by Jesus’ sacrifice and blood; our freedom, too, was made possible by the blood of those patriots.

As we get together with family and take part in our BBQs and pool party’s, lets remember why we are free to do so. Ronald Reagan said it best when he said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”  Let’s not forget the memories of those who laid down their life for us or their sacrifice, in the end, will be meaningless and they would have died in vain.

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