Our patriotism for those who fight and sacrifice so much, even their lives, for us is grossly under celebrated. Not long ago, I remember the patriotism of America for those who had given their lives. Flags hung from houses as we were proud Americans honoring our war dead. In school, we learned the battle and celebratory songs in celebration of our country and those who gallantly served this country with honor and dignity. We recited the Pledge of Allegiance with pride knowing it united us not just as a nation, but as a country committed to God.
Today, most of our children don’t know those songs because of cuts from our music departments and we don’t sing them at home as we once did. Most them don’t know the Pledge of Allegiance because God’s name is mentioned. We are more concerned about offending, than uniting in a nationwide commitment to our country and our freedom.
Many are not sure why we celebrate Memorial Day and just find joy in having another day off work. It is a time for us to celebrate our war dead. These are the women and men who unselfishly gave of themselves and sacrificed the ultimate in battle, their lives, so we can have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They exhibited the greatest love by dying for us to be free.
Join me this Memorial Day to celebrate the millions of women and men who died so we can enjoy freedoms unlike any other nation. Pray for the strength of their families who lost their loved ones, some during battle and others later with lingering wounds acquired during battle.
Let us join together with pride knowing that their efforts and sacrifice were not in vain and will never be forgotten. We salute each of them throughout the history of America for their bravery, their courage and their sacrifice for us to be one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Celebrate those who died for us! Celebrate Memorial Day!