Today is Memorial Day, a special day of remembrance that began shortly after the Civil War as Americans began to fully realize the amount of suffering, agony and death that had been expended in order to keep the nation united. The day is used to show special appreciation for ALL who have given their lives in the service of their country.
But what do most of us think of Memorial Day? That it is a three-day holiday, the beginning of their relaxed summer season, the beginning of vacations, water skiing, extra time for golf, etc., etc. Should we not change this tendency? We have 364 other days to celebrate and enjoy the freedom and life that we have because of the sacrifice of those who have fallen. Shouldn’t this day really be a very special and serious day of reflection? There is nothing wrong with a happy summer outing but shouldn’t we also put in time to thoughtfully and prayerfully remember the heroic suffering that has made our freedom possible? Shouldn’t we in a very special way pray for the future well-being of our country?
The purpose of Memorial Day is to honor the 1.8 million Americans who have given their lives for our country. Let’s don’t let them be crowded out by a picnic.