Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, is just days away.
For most citizens, it is a vacation day. It is all too easy to forget the true purpose of Memorial Day.
The day is set side each year to remember the Americans who donned the uniform of an American soldier, sailor, airman, or Marine, who picked up a deadly weapon to serve the nation and others who are oppressed by dictators, monarchs, and those who would impose their extreme religious beliefs on others.
It is a day to honor those who gave their lives for American causes in places like Gettysburg, the Argonne Forest, Iwo Jima, the Chosin Reservoir, the Ia Drang Valley, Fallujah, and hundreds of other dangerous places.
Without the sacrifices of your fellow
Americans, the freedoms we enjoy would not exist. Life would be far different.
Throughout our area, there will be Memorial Day services to honor the men and women who served and those who paid the ultimate price with their life.
Attending a service and honoring those who served their country is a good way to appreciate your precious God-given freedoms.
America does not join conflicts to gain wealth or expansion of territory and property. It gets embroiled to protect human rights and freedoms for people all over the world.
Isn’t it appropriate and fitting for you to attend a service of thanks wherever you are?