Memorial Day is day for remembering those who died in military service to their country. It originated after the American Civil War to honor both Union and Confederate soldiers who had died in that war. By the twentieth century it had come to honor all fallen servicemen and women. Memorial Day also is the unofficial, but widely accepted, start of summer. With schools dismissing for summer and the days becoming warmer and warmer, Memorial Day is often a celebration of looking forward to "fun in the sun" and the "lazy, crazy days of summer." It's wonderful to gather with friends and family to celebrate good times and the start of warmer weather and outdoor activities, but this Memorial Day let's all be certain to take time to pause and REMEMBER. Make it a day of three-fold remembering:
Remember all those who have given their lives that we might live in a free country. We must never forget them. Freedom comes at a great cost and we should thank God for those who have sacrificed for our freedom. Jesus said: "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13). Remember their sacrifice.