I remember when I was in high school, in Pennsylvania, we used to have a Memorial Day parade every year. Initially, I was irritated because I had to spend half of my day off from school to march in the parade with the school band. But in my senior year, I marched with my Boy Scout troop as a senior leader and accompanied a small group of retired veterans. I was honored that day to march along side their car and then later to listen to their war stories. I look back now on that experience as one of my fondest memories.
Christians should all be honoring those who gave their lives for their country. To quote Christ: “… but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many”.(Matt 20:26-28)(also 1 John 3:16)
Those military persons who died in service to their country should be remembered and honored for their service, just as we honor Christ for the ransom of His life for our lives. Will you attend a parade this coming Monday? Will you fly a flag in honor of our sacrificed? Will you attend a grave and embellish the marker? Will you thank each and every service person you meet, always? Don’t allow Memorial Day to be just another day off. Recognize it as what it was originally meant to be – A MEMORIAL to those who suffered loss in service to their country.