This weekend is Memorial Day. It’s the Federal holiday that is set aside to remember all of the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military. Today as I drove through a cemetery where the date ‘1800’ was etched into the gate, I couldn’t help but notice the graves that were decorated with flags and military symbols. A very specific thought entered my mind and I couldn’t help but think about the men and women who we’ll be talking about on Memorial Day – and the ones we won’t be.
The graves with flags, crosses, and noble engravings that dated back over 200 years were a sober reminder that there have been men and women who loved this country so much that they were willing to die for it and they wanted their gravesites covered with reminders of their devotion. These are some of the people who make it possible for me to write this blog post and to go to church every week, and send my children to schools where they learn the unapologetic truth about democracy and freedom. I’m forever grateful.
But, what about the graves that are unattended? In the same cemetery were humble and modest tombstones that made me wonder if these men and women even had families. Judging by the dates on the stones and the ages of the men buried it is likely that they served in the military and many may have been killed in the line of duty. Although undecorated, their graves represent the unconditional giving of a life so that I could have the life that I have and enjoy today. Memorial Day is just that: remembering each and every person who died for my freedom.
This Memorial Day, honor the memories of these heroes and take a drive through a cemetery to pay homage. Pray for our military today as they stand on the shoulders of the many who went before them. Pray for courage, strength, and an unwavering faith that a country devoted to God is worth fighting and dying for.