This weekend has become known as the “unofficial beginning of summer vacation.” I find that unfortunate because on Monday our nation will observe Memorial Day – a day which remembers and honors the men and women who died serving in the United States Armed Forces. The day has to be so much more than just a day off from work. It is a time to ponder the meaning of sacrifice for a greater good – the common good.
Protecting the freedoms we cherish as a nation is no small task and those who do so sacrifice so much for others. The many events that occur in our community and around our nation are meant to honor that service and the sacrifice that is too often taken for granted. As Christians, we have Christ’s sacrifice as the ultimate example for us to reflect upon the meaningful sacrifice of these men and women for others. Many who served in our naval and military forces may not have believed in Jesus, yet they were willing to put their lives on the line for the good of others.
As we honor them this weekend, it is also good that adults take the time to teach our youngest generation about the courage and the sacrifice offered by the members of our Armed Forces. We pray for those who serve today that God will watch over them and protect them always. We pray, too, for those who have died in service of our nation that they will rest in the peace God alone can give.