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Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial

What is the inscription on the Memorial Student Center? "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13
Freedom is not free, give thanks for what freedom you have.
With that bit of Texas A&M “campusology,” I intentionally memorized my first Bible verse. John 3:16 came by osmosis. Every time we entered the MSC we removed our hats. We did not walk on the grass of the MSC, it was there as a memorial. From the time we entered A&M we were immersed in respect and reverence for those who served us and gave our lives so that we could be free. Free to worship. Free to acknowledge what the politically incorrect Declaration of Independence states, that we were created.

In the United States if you attended church yesterday, you did not worry about being arrested for being there. If you have a Bible in your house you are not concerned about being apprehended for owning it. If you go to a Bible study you are not careful to make sure you are not being followed or wonder if there is an informant in your midst. You are free to worship.

That freedom is not free. If you are blessed to live in the United States, there are those who have paid a steep price since 1776 to provide you that freedom. Thank God for them today. Remember them every day, there are those who would deny you what their blood has bought.

1 comment:

  1. During some of the years I was growing up the Korean Police Action (not a war, apparently, but our warriors were just as valorous, courageous - and dead) was under way, and I remember well to this day the grainy, black and white newsreels on early TV.

    In those days, Memorial Day was "Decoration Day," and we attended the parades with local vets from WWI, II and Korea. Then we visited the local cemeteries, to "decorate" the graves of all.

    Yesterday I heard discussion about whether our troops were "honorable" or deserving of our thanks because, after all, this is an "unjust" war.

    So we can be doubly thankful that there are still those who are willing to stand up, who have the personal honor and courage to sacrifice and give their lives for something beyond themselves that we might go on to tolerate and protect those who don't. And for the wives and children who go on alone, and parents that give up so many hopes.

    If you belong to USAA (which if you are a vet, you should) log on the web site and find the Memorial Day Service (held annually) at the San Antonio HQ for 2012. Watch at least the first five or six minutes the into before the actual service. I could only get through that much....

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