Memorial Day

Memorial Day is about far more than cookouts, car sales, and the unofficial start of summer. It’s the day we remember those who have given their lives for our country. Whether we agree with the wars that were fought, men and women still died and their service should be remembered and honored. Life is precious and their deaths left great grief and pain – and respect for why they died.

Take a few minutes today to remember and give thanks.

My grandmother died on Memorial Day in 1960. She didn’t fight in a war, she was just a loving, plump lady from New Jersey who lived for her family, friends, and God. Every year on this day I call my mom and we remember her together.

3 thoughts on “Memorial Day

  1. stushie

    Memorial Day Sonnet

    If Liberty means anything to me,
    I will remember what my freedom cost,
    By those who gave their all to keep me free,
    Whose lives were sacrificed, but never lost.
    I will remind myself of what they did,
    And keep them dearly cherished in my heart;
    Their honor never from me shall be hid
    And I will know they always did their part
    To save our nation and its people here,
    To pledge their lives in defense of our ways,
    To show that freedom always outlives fear,
    And sacrifice is hallowed all our days.
    If Liberty means anything to me,
    I will remember those who kept me free.

    © John Stuart 2008
    Pastor at Erin Presbyterian Church,
    Knoxville, Tennessee

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  2. I appreciate this reminder today. I generally think of veterans, etc. — but in my youth we would remember all family members we had lost. This year marks 10 years that my grandmother has been gone, and I still can’t remember her without tearing up. There have been many funerals since we lost her, but she’s the one whose memory always gets me teary eyed (even at those other folks’ funerals!).

    Thanks for keeping us on track.

  3. vickie

    My grandma (my mom’s mom) died very near memorial day too – it was the year that the oldest was born and my brother was married.

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