Today is Memorial Day, 2010.
Definition of "memorial" -- something designed to preserve the memory of a person, event, etc., as a monument or a holiday. Of or pertaining to the memory.
Memorial Day is a day set aside on the last Monday in May in most states of the United States of America for observances in memory of dead members of the armed forces of all wars.
While we remember those who have given their lives for us, and for this country we must not forget the most important One who gave His life. He died fighting a war against sin, and He did it willingly because He loves us that much.
In John 16:16, Jesus says, "In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me." He went forward not with the fear that He might be killed, but knowing that He would.
Many of us may keep a cross as a memorial for this act of love.
What do you do as a memorial for your fallen war heroes? Do you wave a flag? Do you have medals displayed? Do you keep old letters? Do you have photographs of them in uniform?
Do you have family members or friends who are still fighting for our freedoms today?
Though this day, Memorial Day, is officially for remembering those lost and gone, and we should take some time to think of them and pray for their families, I would also like to take a moment to appreciate those still here with us and those who continue to give of themselves to serve, often not knowing what will become of them.
My father served in the United States Navy. One of my brothers served as a Lieutenant in the Navy and was stationed at Japan during Operation Enduring Freedom - Philippines. Another brother served in the United States Army as a Gunner on a Hum-V at Iraq as an E-4 Specialist and returned home wounded, yet very much alive. My husband's father served in the United States Marine Corps.
Will you be flying an American flag today? Remember that you should raise the flag to the top of the pole and then immediately lower it to half mast for Memorial Day to honor those who have given and lost their lives.
God bless the United States of America and everyone who has done and continues to do what they can to make it a great country of freedom. I have heard it said that if you do not stand behind our military personnel, then you are welcome to stand in front of them.