It’s Memorial Day

 

Today is Memorial Day and for some people this day is a welcome break from the routine, a Federal holiday and a day off from work. For others, today marks the unofficial beginning of summer – though today in the northern Virginia area the forecasted high is only 76 degrees – a temperature far below our average for this day. For others, today is about a picnic complete with hotdogs, hamburgers, coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans, corn on the cob and apple pie!  And for many Americans, today is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. This holiday dates as far back as the Civil War, and is the day many families mark gravestones with flowers and an American flag.

Across our country the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. The flag is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.  (Wikepedia: Memorial Day)

This Memorial Day I hope you will join me and countless others in our country to take a moment to offer a gesture of thanks to our men and women serving abroad and here at home, as well as their families. And take a moment to honor the service men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Perhaps today you’ll be able to make a call to someone to thank them, or visit with the family of one of our deceased service members, so they know their loved one did not die in vain.

None of us wants war. The service men and women I know, they especially do not want war. Let us pray that one day soon we will find our country not at war with anyone and that, instead, our diplomatic relationships will be so successful war is no longer an option on the table. I can dream, can’t I? Please dream with me.

For anyone who has lost a loved one, the music video today, Homesick, by the Christian band Mercy Me, is a beautiful song of comfort and hope.

Peace friends, peace,

Chuck

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