Thoughts on Memorial Day

Decorated graves at Arlington National Cemetery    Photo: Arlington National Cemetery

Decorated graves at Arlington National Cemetery Photo: Arlington National Cemetery

I often think how blessed we are to live in the United States. The freedoms we have, the opportunities and the ability to do whatever we want. We are only hampered by our imagination and our drive.

People often confuse Memorial Day with Veteran’s Day, or treat them both the same. But it is important to note that Memorial Day was designated as a day to honor those that laid down their lives for our country and for our freedom. So, really, there should be no “happy” in Memorial Day, but instead it should be a day to contemplate the sacrifice that those men and women made when they gave their lives for us. And also to remember the families who are missing their loved ones on this day.

John 15:13 says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”

This is a powerful verse, but remember, these men and women laid down their lives for people they didn’t even know - for you and I!

This also brings to my mind what Christ did for us when he died on the cross. He laid down his life; made the ultimate sacrifice, so we would be forgiven of our signs. That is love.

So, we still have the Fourth of July and Veteran’s Day to celebrate. I think the least we can do on Memorial Day is pause to give thanks and remember all those that have died to protect our freedom.

Blessings,

Kim