According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs website, Memorial Day is defined as a day that “commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service. One percent of the general population step forward, raise their hands and promise to serve without asking for anything in return. Those men and women have sacrificed time with their families so that the other 99 percent can live free. They have waved goodbye, sometimes multiple times without knowing whether or not they would ever come home. They have missed their kids’ milestones, holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. They did their jobs. Memorial Day is also a day we are reminded of what every veteran has given to this country. Every veteran, whether he or she served in war or in peacetime, made sacrifices, most known to no one but themselves.”
For Memorial Day, we took a collective look at “Never Forget” (John 15:13; I John 4:10) and reflect upon the ultimate sacrifices made by those who laid down their lives in battle so that we can continue to live and worship freely.