Thoughts on Memorial Day

From military blogger, Matt from Blackfive (http://www.blackfive.net/main/2014/05/the-gates-of-heaven-1.html) on Memorial Day:
“Of course, Memorial Day is about remembering the sacrifices that our military men and women have made over the last 237 years. We are still a young nation, but one that has made many sacrifices to remain free. We should also take time to remember the families who have lost loved ones. It is important to remember them, and it is just as important to enjoy yourself this weekend.  To spend time with your family and friends.  Have a beer while grilling Wisconsin brats…in the backyard while watching your kids play tag. What better assurance to them that they did not die in vain? Enjoying your freedom and understanding it’s value is the best way to honor the sacrifices of my friends. That’s the way they’d want you to spend Memorial Day. Remembering them, and being a good friend, father, and an American is the best way that I can honor their memory.”

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” Arthur Ashe

Let me not mourn for the men who have died fighting, but rather let me be glad that such heroes have lived. If it be my lot to die, let me do so with courage and honor in a manner which will bring the greatest harm to the enemy, and please, oh Lord, protect and guide those I shall leave behind. Give us the victory, Lord.” General George Patton

God bless those who have given their lives for a cause bigger than themselves. For freedom and yes, for peace. Let’s remember them this Memorial Day Weekend, and celebrate our freedoms because they’d want us to.