It is a beautiful day in southern Alabama. Blue sky, green trees, text book summer day. Now I as sit waiting to start the bbq, I'm skimming through Facebook, reading all the beautiful Memorial Day tributes, and posts reminding us that this is not a holiday, but a day of remembrance.
I start to feel guilty about how much I have been enjoying this day. Especially considering the loss of so many soldiers, in just the last few months. But I'm beginning to think that guilt is almost offensive, and I will tell you why. This is a day to REMEMBER all of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. They knew what they were getting into when they signed on the dotted line, and they did so willingly. These men and women, as well as all the family they left behind, don't want you to just mourn them on this day. You are also celebrating the amazing gift you have been given by them, so enjoy the life that you are living, and this extra day off with your family and friends because our ability to do this was bought at an unthinkable price. Honor them by always remembering them, thanking them, and praying for their families.
Thank you CPT Mark Resh, CW2 Bryan Henderson, and countless others who made the ultimate sacrifice. Today I honor your memory, celebrate your life, and promise never to forget.
"There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends."
-John 15:13 NLT