In the sanctuary of my heart this Memorial Day morning, I hold the many thousands of soldiers who have sacrificed their lives in service to this nation.
Whether or not you support the military, or our government’s intervention in (or, at times instigation of) the many conflicts around the world in which we have been involved, the soldiers themselves are worthy of honor. These are individual human beings, men and women, whose soul commitment to our national ideals is so great that they lay their lives on the line to fight for it. Today we honor those who paid the ultimate price.
With gratitude, respect, and admiration, we remember…
As we honor their sacrifice, may we take a moment (or more) to express gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy every day. From the ability to speak our minds freely without fear of reprisal, to the right (and privilege) to elect our representatives, to the availability of a public system of primary education. While our implementation of these standards is far from perfect, it is important to remember that they are not universal around the world, and have been hard fought and hard won.
As we mourn their loss, may we also celebrate their lives, their courage, and their dedication. May we learn from their example of deep commitment to a cause they believed in, and may we act in accordance with our own deeply held beliefs with the same devotion and fervor.
As we remember their contribution, may we be compelled to work in every way available to us toward creating a more just and peaceful world, that their sacrifice not have been in vain.