“The greatest Glory of a free-born People,
Is to transmit that Freedom to their Children.” William Havard (1898-1956)
When you read this article, I pray that you are out on a beach under the umbrella watching your kids learn how to stay atop a skip board or sitting on the porch with your feet up on the rail counting the number of times a red bird flies by. I pray that you are having a small “Vacay” to anoint the beginning of summer. It has finally turned warm/hot, school is almost out, and most of us need a break from our regular schedules.
Memorial Day is Monday so many of us have time off from work. Brisket, Hamburger Meat, Wieners, BBQ sauce, and other goodies are on sale at the grocery store. Menus are created, bags of ice are stored, and phone calls are made. “Hey, we are having a cookout on Monday, we would love for you to come. Yes, about 6:00. Sure. Ok. See you then.” And we are all set to celebrate with family and friends. What a way to begin the summer.
As you begin your celebrations, take a minute or two to discuss with your children and grandchildren the real reason we celebrate Memorial Day. Talk to them about the importance of remembering why we have the freedom to drive to the beach or invite groups of folks over. How important it is to be able to have choices in how we live and how we worship. Talk about the flag and the pledge of allegiance and what the word “United” stands for. Pass it on.
Remind them of the sacrifices that have been made and remember the courage it takes for a young man to leave home, family, and friends to face innumerable fears. Talk about family members who have gone before and have proudly served. Talk about the ones who didn’t return even if it was their great-great-great. The children of America need to know that Memorial Day is more than hot dogs at the lake and brisket in the backyard.
Many issues face us today as a nation. Unrest. Accusations. Hate. Intolerance for others. Violence. Greed. Selfishness. These are not new issues. Our forefathers faced the same issues. They lived in uncertain times. We are living in uncertain times. We need to remember that we have a great country and that MANY died so that we could disagree with our neighbor and that we could go to a different church and choose different schools and have a say in politics. Many soldiers have come home wounded and scarred. Many have been wounded spiritually and emotionally. Don’t let their sacrifices be in vain. Let us teach our children and grandchildren what was done for them. Let us teach them to be grateful for our country and the many freedoms we enjoy each day. Let each of us remember as well. God Bless America!
Take a few minutes on Monday afternoon to pay tribute to the U.S. men and women who died while serving our country. The “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.”
By CW Johnson
We walked among the crosses
Where our fallen soldiers lay.
And listened to the bugle
As TAPS began to play.
The Chaplin led a prayer
We stood with heads bowed low.
And I thought of fallen comrades
I had known so long ago.
They came from every city
Across this fertile land.
That we might live in freedom.
They lie here ‘neath the sand.
I felt a little guilty
My sacrifice was small.
I only lost a little time
But these men lost their all.
Now the services are over
For this Memorial Day.
To the names upon these crosses
I just want to say,
Thanks for what you’ve given
No one could ask for more.
May you rest with God in heaven
From now through evermore.