Memorial Day is a federal holiday designated on the final Monday in May. It is set aside to remember and honor America’s fallen warriors. Sadly it has devolved into another day of feasting, drinking, and retail sales. Many people due to ignorance of our nation’s heritage no longer know or respect Memorial Day’s meaning.
To fully understand the importance of Memorial Day; we must look to Ecclesiastes which says there is “…a time to for peace, and a time for war; a time to live, and a time to die; a time to dance, and a time to mourn; a time to laugh, and a time to cry…” While there is no problem with enjoying festivities with family and friends; take the time to give due respect to those who gave you this freedom. Hang a flag, attend a Memorial Day event, thank a veteran, buy a poppy, etc….or just raise a toast to America’s fallen heroes.
Memorial Day is set aside for us to mourn the brave few who gave the last great measure of devotion. Brave men and women who laid down their lives so that others may live. They died for us; so we should live a life that defines freedom for them. We shouldn’t allow their sacrifice to have been in vain. We owe them a debt of gratitude; we can never fully betray. We salute you and your sacrifices.
They have shed their precious life blood at Concord Green, in Blue and Gray at Gettysburg, Flanders Field, Bastogne, Korea, the jungles of Vietnam, the slums of Somalia, the sands of Iraq, and the mountains of Afghanistan. Their blood, sweat, and tears have soaked countless battlefields. Many of these have been the sons and daughters of the Great State of Alabama; who lived the motto; “We Dare Defend Our Rights!”
In times of crisis the fearful, meek, and timid plead; “Who can we send? Who will protect us?” Countless American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines have proudly answered; “Here I am! Send me where Angels fear to tread!” Thank God for the bands of brothers who formed a wall between youand unimaginable horrors.
Honor the fallen by continuing their fight for freedom from tyranny and oppression here at home. We as patriots owe them as much. They endured til the end. Death took their life but can never take their memory unless we allow it. The Bible tells us that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for another. This Memorial Day remember to show your respect and gratitude as Alabamians for the fallen.
“Under God we are determined that wheresoever, whensoever, or howsoever we shall be called to make our exit, we will die free men.” Josiah Quincy
“A nation reveals itself not by only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.” John F. Kennedy
“If a soldier dies merely through the hazards of war, that is one thing. But if he dies for a cause to which his country has linked it’s destiny, such as human freedom or the maintenance of justice, he has linked himself to a cause which is great and glorious.
If that cause is eternal, an eternal significance is given to his dying. But if not, his attachment to it gives him the distinction of a patriot and a hero, but not necessarily that of a saint.
To die for justice, for freedom, links a man to something different from mere devotion to a flag. Justice is not temporal, it is eternal. In dying for it, one gives significance to his final act. ” John Gardner
“Generation after generation, our brave men and women have answered the call to duty to help ensure all of our freedoms are protected. Each time an enemy threatens our freedoms or attacks innocent Americans, courageous men and women stand guard in harms way. Our freedoms have been defended around the globe. We cherish them and the blessings they bring. As we continue to remember all those who have sacrificed in our prayers, let’s not forget the cruel truth that “freedom isn’t free.” Alabama Representative Mike Rogers
Look for the memorial in your Alabama town or county to see the names of those who gave their all for you. The freedoms you enjoy today were paid in full by these fallen Alabama Warriors. Salute them because they deserve it this Memorial Day.