Memorial Day: Freedom isn’t free

A debt we can never repay

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The reason we have Memorial Day is wonderfully put by Champion Forest Baptist Church. Their mission is to expand knowledge of Christ, grow the knowledge in Christ, and serve the community and the world.

Sometime back I received in the name of our country the bodies of four marines who had died while on active duty. I said then, that there is a special sadness that accompanies the death of a serviceman. For we’re never quite good enough to them. Not really. We can’t be. Because what they gave us is beyond our powers to repay. So when a service man dies, it’s a tear in the fabric a break in the hole and all we can do is remember. It is, in a way, an odd thing to honor those who died in defense of our country. In defense of us. In wars far away. The imagination plays a trick. We see these soldiers in our mind as old and wise. We see them as something like the founding fathers; grave with gray hair. But most of them were boys when they died. And they gave up two lives. The one they were living. And the one they would have lived. When they died, they gave up their chance to be husbands, fathers, grandfathers. They gave up their chance to be revered old men. They gave up everything for our country. For us. We owe them a debt we can never repay. All we can do is remember them and what they did. And why they had to be brave for us.

Memorial Day Tribute – “Thank You,” Champion Forest Baptist Church Youtube, 2014.
Christina Reyes
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