Thankful For Those Who Paid The Price
On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln spoke these words in his Gettysburg Address: “We cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. They gave the last full measure of devotion...that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.”
America has set aside a day of remembrance for her war dead. There has been over 655,000 Battle Deaths in all wars since the War Between the States. It is not merely about the dead … but those who were left behind … wives who lost husbands … sons and daughters who lost parents. It is about remembering the tremendous sacrifices paid by all who gave their lives and those who gave their loved ones! Sacrifices paid so we might be free. Sadly this remembrance seems to be weakening. Millions of Americans see Memorial Day as merely a time to mark the beginning of summer.
May I ask you to spend a moment this Memorial Day thanking God for the sacrifice that has been paid so we might enjoy freedom? We must remember the cost of freedom or we will be in danger of allowing freedom to slip away.
Thankful for those who paid the price,