Take a moment to reflect on Memorial Day
When Francis Scott Key wrote the “Star Spangled Banner” more than 200 years ago, he called America, “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” Those words are as true today as they were then. Throughout this nation’s history, America’s soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and coast guardsmen have bravely answered the call to defend our freedom, to aid our friends and allies and to turn back aggressors.
As we prepare to commemorate this Memorial Day weekend, please take a moment to pause and reflect upon the sacrifices made by those who have answered that call as well as their families and loved ones.
In remembrance of all those who have fallen in the line of duty serving our country, I’d like to share a poem by C.W. Johnson.
We walked among the crosses, where our fallen soldiers lay.
And listened to the bugle, as Taps began to play.
The chaplain led a prayer, and we stood with heads bowed low.
And I thought of fallen comrades, that I had known so long ago. They came from every city, across this fertile land.
That we might live in freedom, they lie here beneath the sand.
I felt a little guilty, my sacrifice was small.
I only lost a little time, but they had 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.
Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend, and thank you for remembering those who have helped make our freedoms possible with their service and their sacrifice.