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Happy Memorial Day!

May 27, 2019
All we have of freedom, all we use or know -This our fathers bought for us long and long ago. – Rudyard Kipling, The Old Issue, 1899

While you enjoy the liberty to do whatever you choose today – be with friends and family, catch up on your to do list, have fun, work, kick back and do nothing – there are those who risked their lives so we can enjoy these freedoms.

Memorial Day is a time to recognize what others have given in service for us to live in democracy in the U.S.A. Although imperfect at times (well, lots of times), we are on a quest to create what the Preamble to the Constitution calls “a more perfect union.”

The Preamble is a short, introductory statement of the Constitution’s fundamental purposes and guiding principles. It posits what the Founding Fathers’ intentions were regarding the Constitution’s meaning and what they hoped it would achieve:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Recently, I learned that each year on Memorial Day, a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 PM local time.

As you go about your life, take a moment to give a sacred nod of appreciation to those who cared enough about us and this ideal of democracy to serve their country. 

For those who made the ultimate sacrifice is “Hymn to the Fallen” by John Williams

“In honor of the soldiers who give us the freedoms we have today.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Omd9_FJnerY&t=1s 

 

 

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Who’s Memorialized on Memorial Day?

May 29, 2017

Arlington National Cemetery

Sacred reverence came upon me in hushed whispers when years ago I visited Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

Headstones of honor placed with care began in May 1864 with Civil War soldiers. I was impressed with how the planning was precise, and the headstones created patterns no matter which direction I looked.

As of June 9, 2016, Arlington contained the remains of more than 400,000 people from the United States and 11 other countries – about the population of Minnesota.

Each headstone represents a life someone gave because they believed in an idea so great that they were willing to give the ultimate sacrifice – themselves.

In recognition of those who believed in the idea of freedom, here’s approximately how many Americans have given their lives for their country’s freedom starting from the beginning of the United States until present time.

If you’re from a country other than the U.S.A., you have compatriots who have given their lives for you to be free, too.

Here are statistics from www.awesomestories.com.

  • Mexican War:  13,283 Deaths; 4,152 wounded
  • U.S. Civil War:  620,000 deaths; 476,000 wounded; 400,000 captured or missing
  • Persian Gulf War (1990-91):  382 deaths; 467 wounded
  • “Global War on Terror,” including the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars:  +6,800 deaths; more than 970,000 disability claims registered as of March 31, 2014

By Memorial Day, 2015, at least 1,266,304 people had died fighting for America.


Consider this:

  • You are not living under dictators like North Korea’s Kim Jong-un demanding that people treat him like a god or be executed. You are so free that you have a choice to care if others fought for freedom or not.
  • You can choose freedom of thought or bondage to old hurts and conditioning. You are so free that you have a choice to be a prisoner of your past and be afraid of the future – or live in the now.
  • You can create a life of choice or be a victim of limitation. You are so free that you can make a decision to change your life for the better… and do it.

Get it? You are free to create your life however you choose… to be happy or otherwise.


What life do you choose? Have you considered you have a choice?

You do.

In the United States, we designate Memorial Day to honor those who fought for our ability to be free.

Living your best life honors those who believed so strongly in this ideal that they gave of themselves for your freedom.

With gratitude,
Virginia

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TIP: Honor the Families

May 30, 2016

flag and boys

Jim traced back his family’s military history to the American Revolution and to Europe before then. Continuing with the tradition, his kids are either in military service or married to someone who is.

Military through and through, he was the ideal person to ask about a Memorial Day message.

His lightning fast response:

“They also serve who remain behind.”

“Nowadays, the military gets recognition. Slowly, people are recognizing that the families undergo great hardships. They’re in the military, too, but they don’t get paid by the government.”

When Jim was 13 years old, his father, a military advisor, was sent to Saudi Arabia.

“All the manly stuff fell on my shoulders from what to do when the car broke down to family emergencies. It’s traumatic for a family to be on their own while worrying about the safety of a loved one stationed far away.”

“The dandelion is the official flower of the military brat.”

“The seeds of dandelions scatter as the wind blows, and they put down roots wherever they land.

“Military brats are raised with suitcases in both hands.

“In the old days, people were transferred every couple of years.

“In 1951, my parents drove the whole family from West Palm Beach, Florida, to Fairbanks, Alaska. It took 30 days, and much of it was on dirt roads.

“Imagine doing that with a carload of kids.”

The families are unsung heroes.

And Memorial Day is a time of remembrance.

Your TIP is to send a prayer of acknowledgment to all those who take or have taken a stand for liberty so we can enjoy our freedom.

Send a prayer of appreciation to the warriors inspired to serve on the front lines or to help behind the lines in whatever capacity.

Send a prayer to honor those who serve or have served as well as to honor their families who’ve made countless personal and emotional sacrifices while supporting them.

Because of their service, we have greater freedom to pursue our dreams and goals.

We give thanks.