No matter what your opinion on this current war or any other, or even the Military in general, you have what you have in this life because of those who stood before you and fought for rights and freedoms. It's not political -- it's respect and remembrance.
Our soldiers deserve our respect, our honor, and most deeply our prayers. It isn't about do I agree with the war or any part of it...it's only about supporting the men and women standing in front of the country they believe in so that we can enjoy what freedoms and privileges we have.
Young Ladies Christian Fellowship shared this and I wanted to pass it along.
Take a moment away from your own pleasure and familt gathering on Moday to offer a prayer of remembrance to those souls who have given their lives for a future you enjoy.
:::It's more than a holiday.
It's more than a day for picnics and parties, for days at the beach.
It is more than barbecues.
It is a day to remember, and to honor those who have given their lives for their country.
It is a day to realize and to understand the cost of war, the price of freedom.
As many have said, freedom- any kind of freedom- isn't free. We must remember this, and thank God that we are still free in this country.
We live in a generation where war has touched nearly every family in one way or another. There are few of us who have not felt the sting of war in our own hearts. It has brought separation, worry and tears, it has made heroes, and it has shown the true characters of others. It has called for bravery and courage in ways that many may never know.
Some of these men- our husbands, brothers, sons, never came home to the family who loved them. They left an aching gap that can never be refilled, yet the memory of who they were will never die in the hearts of those they left behind.
Whether or not we agree with war, whatever may be our speculations as to what the real reason behind it is, it is our duty as fellow countrymen to support those who have gone away, to encourage them, to pray for them and it is our duty to remember those who gave all and the families, the wives and children who they left behind them when they fell. They may need to know that they are not alone. Today, we're all here together as Americans, as fellow countrymen of any nation who has faced war.
Today, it is the beginning of Memorial Day Weekend. On Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 3:00 pm in your local time, it is the Moment of Remembrance. It is a moment of silent reflection, while the taps play, on the heroes and loved ones lost in every war.
Enjoy the weekend, enjoy the sunshine and the beauty that God has surrounded us with.
Treasure the moments with your family, but stop and think of those who are not home, of those who have an empty seat at their family gathering and remember them in prayer to God.
And if you have the ability to bless some of those families in some other way, don't forget them this Memorial Day weekend.
~~ I'll keep my money, my freedom, and my guns, and you can keep the Change ~~