Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13 (KJV)
Of all the American holidays I have the hardest time with Memorial Day for the following reasons:
• I am not American
• I have never served in the US Armed forces
• I have not perished in battle
Although having been military trained I do understand the comradeship and desire to remember those who have fallen in battle, those who were MIA and KIA and those whom who have never returned for various reasons.
When you sign a military contract you sign up for something greater than you think. I will give an example below.
When the solders signed up for the Second World War was it because they agreed with Franklin Roosevelt (or later Harry Truman) or the Korean War, did they do so because they agreed with Harry Truman? Or the Vietnam war did they agree with Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ or Nixon?
You see, when you agree to write that cheque for the balance up to and including your life, made payable on your death should your country regrettably cash it, you do so with a willing heart, and open mind and you do it for something bigger than you, you do it for your country.
That is why I salute those who have been able to give all for their country, I pray that the veterans families that are missing someone, whether that happened today or 50 years ago, that we as Christians remember them, honour their sacrifice and most importantly comfort or tell them that their sacrifice made a difference.
I live in a country that had it not been for some brave men in the later part of the 18th century deciding to potentially sacrifice their own personal freedoms and liberty by willfully circulating and putting their signature on a treasonous document (to the King who had declared rule over them) on a proud old document that is now revered by many Americans (called the Declaration of Independence) then America would most certainly not be the place that I now call home today.
People who we honour today, put their own personal freedoms on the line for the greater good, as you tuck into your BBQ today, please ponder a second what they have done for all of us, the born Americans and the immigrants like me.
God bless and TGBTG