Memorial Day weekend, 2005.
Jeannie and I hope and pray that you and yours have a safe, and thoughtful, holiday weekend.
This is indeed a time of reflection; of meditation; of prayer because of the ultimate sacrifice that those who bravely served in our armed forces gave…their very lives.
Being a vet myself (USN), I know the awesome responsiblity behind speaking that sacred oath when I enlisted back in 1980 under the Delayed Entry Program:
“I, (state your name), do solemly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
Notice the last four words. “So help me God.” This is given to our Creator as a promise to do whatever it takes to defend the Constitution of this great nation of ours; to defend our very freedoms that we hold so dear; to give up our very lives if need be. So many brave men and women did just that in the many wars and conflicts that America has faced over the years, and Memorial Day is how we honor their willing sacrifices.
Please take a moment on Monday to reflect back on your life, and how our military men and women have made a difference in it, by upholding the spiritual, moral, and ethical laws that this nation was founded upon. If it wasn’t for our Armed Forces, America perhaps might have been under dictatorial, communistic, or another form of suffocating governmental regime.
Never take our freedom for granted. It is precious.
And there are those who have given up their freedom so that we can have ours.
It’s high time that we take a moment to say, “Thanks for a job well done.”