Honor our fallen heroes … Glory in their sacrifice for freedom

Unknown SoldierHere Rests in Honored Glory an American Soldier Known But to God
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington DC

The American soldier who rests in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier paid the ultimate price for America’s freedom.

From the American Revolutionary War to Operation Enduring Freedom over 1.3 million American soldiers gave their lives for freedom. Freedom to worship openly. Freedom to pursue dreams. Freedom to travel this great land unhindered. Freedom to live among diverse cultures and learn from them. Freedom from oppression.

Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness
will find life, righteousness, and honor. Proverbs 21:21

America’s fallen heroes pursued righteous values. They showed kindness to their fellow Americans, and the lives that they gave preserved the lives of generations to come.

We honor these fallen heroes and glory in their sacrifice for our freedom.

My prayer for you:

Almighty God, thank You for these fallen heroes and their families. They paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Bless the families of these patriots and honor the memory of their sacrifices. We glory in their service, and we thank You for the true freedom that Jesus bought with His life, wiping our sins away forever … if we only receive. God, bless America. God, bless the families of our fallen heroes.

Remembering sacrifices for our freedom.

God blessed America with men and women who gave themselves for our freedom!

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

Memorial Day 2012. Over 1,500 American men and women have given their lives in Afghanistan since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom, and almost 16,000 have been wounded.

The earliest memory I have of military conflicts that affected people I knew were the Vietnam War. I remember Vietnam veterans returning from the war broken, yet proud. I see homeless veterans; I see those unable to work due to PTSD. They gave the ultimate for their friends, Americans.

My grandpa served in the World War I but never talked about it. My father served in World War II and talked very seldom about it.

My husband served in the Air Force for 22 years. We lived all over the world. I remember Keith, a JAG, preparing young Airmen for military action when we lived in the Philippines. In 1979 during the Iranian hostage crisis, if President Carter chose to send military troops, Keith would have gone.

When President Reagan bombed Libya, our family was in Italy at Aviano Air Base, near terrorist headquarters in Padua, Italy. Military families were on alert, and some women took their children back to the States.

In Italy, we kept evacuation kits for each member of the family, and the troops regularly drilled in full chemical protection gear, including gas masks.

On this special day, please take time to thank a veteran, an active duty service member, and their sacrifices for our freedom.

My prayer for our service members, veterans, and their families:

God of Hosts, bless our service members, our veterans, and their families with the knowledge that they have helped to preserve the freedom of America. Fill them with the knowledge of Your great love for them, and pour out Your perfect peace in their hearts and lives. Direct their paths and provide them with all that they need.

God bless America, and God bless our service members, veterans, and their families!