Memorial Day

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Memorial Day

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Memorial Day

Written by Luz Leigh - 30 May 2010

Today is Memorial Day. A day set aside to remember those brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice so we may enjoy the many freedoms that we have in our homeland. The tradition of remembering the fallen began following the Civil War shortly after the end of that tragic period in our nation's history.Some Southern women chose May 30 to decorate soldiers' graves. Those women honored not just the Confederate dead but members of the Union Army as well by placing flowers on their graves.

Our daily devotional from Open Windows is entitled "A Blessed Nation" and quoted a verse from Isaiah 26. "Thou hast increased the nation, O Lord, thou hast increased the nation; thou are glorified ... "

Recently I was asked to give some thoughts about Memorial Day. I was more than pleased to do so, but there were some in the gathering that did not seem to agree that we have freedoms for which to be grateful. Oh, how my heart broke to hear those words. I reminded the speaker that this country affords far more freedoms than any other country on this earth. We enjoy the blessing of the freedom of worship, of gathering as Christians to hear and share God's Word ... a freedom that is largely unknown throughout most of the world. Sadly, we sometimes treat this blessing with little regard, claiming our right without remembering the high cost (sacrifice of lives) that was paid to secure it for us.

Not only do we enjoy the blessing of freedom of religion, but we have the freedom of speech, and freedom to secure for ourselves and our families prosperity not afforded everywhere in the world. Those who did not agree with me about our freedoms needed to realize they were taking advantage of a blessed freedom ... to express dissent.

Memorial Day should be a day to remember the fallen, and a few people do. Some of us fly our flags at half-staff, visit graves of veterans, placing small flags there to honor them. But for most of Americans, it has become a holiday from work, a day of bar-be-cues, beer busts, and rowdy parties. For our law enforcement members in Texas it is a day of extra work, trying to keep the drunks off our highways so as to prevent accidents that take lives. Lives that are TAKEN, not given for a cause.

If you are reading this on Memorial Day, think on what the day truly means. Make plans to observe the day in its true meaning, if not this year, then next year. Remember the fallen. They GAVE so we may HAVE.

Father, thank You for blessing our nation.

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