Memorial Day, and a few words I know its a day early, but I wanted to go ahead and post a few words just in case I didn't get the chance tomorrow. Heres something that I found that I liked, and wanted to share. Couldn't find an authors name..just a website that is came off of. â€œGreater love hath no man, than this, that a man may lay down his life for his friends.â€ - John 15:13 There are all kinds of heroes. There are firefighters and police officers, oncology nurses and schoolteachers, and they should all have their own day of recognition, but it is not this day. Today we remember that all that we have, our freedoms, our lives, this wonderful country which was brought forth in sacrifice and renewed in toil and trial we owe to such as who would, if we ask them, spend their lives in its defense. We must honor and remember them. And we must also those they fought beside â€“ by whose side they breathed their last and for whom they fought and died, in surrogate for the countrymen that sent them there. We must never, in a fit of pique or passion, allow those words to escape our lips that, â€œI support our troops, butâ€¦â€ There was no â€œbutâ€ in their faith with us. No escape clauses, no qualifications. A somber occasion then, this Memorial Day, but also a sadly joyous one. For if we must regret the bitterness and pain of sacrifice, we must celebrate the fact that there are those who love us enough, and trust us enough, and what we stand for, that they would lay down their lives for us. We must earn this. We must earn this by remembering them and honoring their sacrifice. We must earn this by keeping faith with their brothers and sisters who return from the fight, the broken and the whole. We must earn this by keeping in our hearts their loved ones, for whom no Memorial Day celebration will ever be required to invoke their memories or sufficient to fill the holes left in their lives. We must earn this. And Iâ€™ll close now with two thoughts, if I may. First these words of remembrance, from a poem by Laurence Binyon: They shall not grow old as we that are left behind grow old Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. In the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. And finally with an abbreviated prayer, a soldierâ€™s kind of prayer â€“ there are some, both here at home, and overseas, who wince to hear Americans say or write, â€œGod Bless America.â€ Why should God only bless America, they ask? They misunderstand, perhaps intentionally â€“ we do not make a statement so much as offer up a prayer, a request, our fervent hope. And in the same words, with admirable brevity, we also acknowledge and offer up thanksgiving that God has already blessed us, in the abundant goodness of this land, and of the people the land has given birth to and those who have made a home here. And lastly but by no means leastly, we offer thanks for those who have fought and died to keep us free. And so in thanks and hope, I pray: â€œGod bless America.â€ Thanks for reading...and have a good day, for them, on this Memorial Day.