Friday, May 28, 2010

The First Weekend of Summer

Most of us equate the Memorial Day weekend to the beginning of summer. Family gatherings. Grilling. Watermelon. Camping. Although the weather is warm [or hot depending on where you live], summer doesn’t actually begin until June 21. But we choose to start summer anyway.

But while we're getting together this weekend with our loved ones, let's pause to remember why Memorial Day, a federal holiday, was established.

Other than scheduling a federal holiday on the last Monday of May so those employees can have a long weekend, this day is to remember those who have died in the line of military service.

So many lives have been given voluntarily for our freedoms. Freedom is not free. It cost soldiers their lives. Their loved ones an empty hole in their hearts and homes.

I hope you will take a moment to remember the fallen soldiers on Monday. Set aside a few minutes to lift up a prayer for their families.

In tribute and to help us remember, I'll leave you with Darryl Worley's song, "Have You Forgotten?" Please take three minutes to watch and listen.

3 gracious comments:

Leah @ Point Ministries said...

Great reminder of why we celebrate Memorial Day. All too often it is thought of as just a day off work.


Melanie said...

Beautiful! This is such a great reminder. Love your blog and so glad I found it tonight!
Oh my goodness! Ian is SO cute! There are so many things I want to comment on from this post... I think we have alot in common! :-) I'm a mommy to 2 sweet little boys, and there is nothing better!

I am now a 'follower' so I am looking forward to more of your posts!

Have a great weekend!
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Faith Imagined said...

Excellent tribute to our soldiers! I love this song! Thanks for sharing it with us!