Today is a day to remember. That doesn’t happen on its own. You have to work hard not to forget. The default mode of our memories is to gradually let things fade away with time. But if something is important you must fight that entropy and actively work at recollection. That’s why Jesus gave us communion so that we would have a regular reminder of the most important thing there is, His death for us on the cross. He knew that forgetfulness is the enemy of faith.
Though we tend to take it for granted, a price has been paid for the freedom that we enjoy everyday. Memorial day is a day to be thankful for the men, women and families that have sacrificed greatly to defend and protect our freedom of speech and freedom of religion–things that have set aside America as the greatest nation on earth.I like to display my flag, watch war movies and read in the news about those who have recently laid down their lives on the battlefield.These things jog my memory and snap me out of the bubble of everyday life, forcing me to stay mindful about what it’s all about.
And we must be careful to impart the significance of this day to our children. It must not just become a killer three-day weekend and another excuse to overeat. Because, to quote Ronald Reagan, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
If you are reading this and you are or were a part of the armed forces of this great nation, or are a family member of one, I want to say thank you for the heavy burden you bear. I am grateful.