Past all the ads and commercials for “Memorial Day Sales!!!!”
Past the “First weekend of Summer!!!”
Past the days off, the first games of summer, first days at the lake or on the river, past the BBQ with neighbors and friends . . .
There are the graves, that hold the pieces of our nation’s soul.
From Crispus Attucks, Samuel Gray, James Caldwell, Samuel Maverick and Patrick Carr . . . to . . . Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) 1st Class Charlie Keating IV . . .
Conflict has been part of our nation since its founding – it was created through the blood of those who hungered for freedom . . . for our natural rights of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. Every generation or two forces arose to challenge those natural rights . . . and citizens of the time rose to those challenges.
From Boston to Gettysburg, from Flanders’s fields to Berlin. From the Chosin Reservoir to the Ia Drang Valley to Sarajevo. From the Twin Towers to Telskof. Our nation has left behind the blood of those of us who stepped forward in times of need. Our soldier’s graves – both marked and unmarked – dot the globe in our efforts to stand against evil. We have invested so much . . . .
Today – take a moment in quite prayer – and remember these souls that have given so much that we, as a nation, may have a chance at survival. They freely gave their last full measure for us . . .Please Lord, hold them in your loving arms and help us to be worthy of their sacrifice . .