This Memorial Day don't forget in between bites of your hot dog the reason you have the day off. Maybe even attend a local event: http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/events/mose/memorial_day_parade.html
We must never forget to honor the memory of the men and women that gave their lives in the call of duty fighting for our liberties and remember that our freedoms came with their blood.
It is easy to sit back and argue against war here and there but our soldiers literally put their lives on the line so others can have freedom...the freedom we often take for granted.
This holiday was first enacted to honor the Union soldiers slain in battle fighting to end slavery, and yet no less a man of war than General William T. Sherman of the union army declared: "I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell."
Those who lost loved ones to defend our values...we honor your relative and we thank you for sharing that brave soul with our nation. War is hell and i for one will not make it worse than it is...so because i cannot thank your brave relative the best i can do is say "thank you" to those of you that knew them best.
While we reflect upon the courage and blood spilled for our freedoms...let us remember the One that spilled His blood for our eternal freedom. The Lord Jesus Christ ransomed us from eternal damnation if we would but trust Him as living Lord.
So in between bites of the hot dog say look up and say thank you to God and look around and honor the relatives of those that lost someone close to them at this time of year am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell.