Memorial Day is almost here and with it thoughts of summer, vacations, picnics and fun. In the same breath this day was intended as a celebration of those who gave their lives in the service of their country. The National draft ended in 1973 after the Viet Nam ended. Today we have an all volunteer military. The call of patriotism as waned over time, but we still honor those who have given their all to serve. It seems, however, that the focus on patriotism is secondary to having fun. Unfortunately everything has taken a back seat to our own personal wants and needs.
Will Rogers once said, “We can’t all be heroes, because somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by.” A hero is often not around to receive the glory he deserves. They may not be marching in the parade, but their contribution to their fellow man is something we often forget about. Those of us who sit on the curb are the recipients of their heroism.
We all possess an inner little gem in our very souls, called a conscience, which allows us the ability to discern the difference between right and wrong. This gift from God is what allows men to do great things when times call for it. When injustice is being done to humanity – when lives are being spent in the name of freedom – when governments become so big that they no longer include the voice of the people – the voice of conscience becomes louder and those who are listening will answer it and act upon it.
Dear Father, God, As we approach a day of remembrance for those who have spent their lives for the benefit of others, help us honor them as they deserve. Remind us to be grateful for their service and sincerely thank those who continue to serve. Let us never forget the price our fellow man has paid for freedom and remind us of the cost of our future in eternity. Without you, we would never know true peace. Amen!