Memorial means commemorating something or someone. Memorial Day is all about remembering the people who have given their lives for us in the United States, in particularly people who have died during wars.
I am so thankful for the men and women who put themselves behind the safety of their country and its people. They all went into the service knowing full well that they could die for their patriotism, and they decided that it was more important than their lives. That is so brave and so selfless. We wouldn't have our freedom without them.
Then there's the people in our country who serve but get much less recognition. Our police officers put their lives on the line every day, not just when they are serving at a war abroad. They are constantly fighting against the enemies of evil right in our own neighborhoods, whether they be small or large. Most citizens have no idea how much lawlessness goes on right in their backyards because our officers are taking care of it. So many give their lives without the recognition they deserve.
The greatest sacrifice of all was given by someone that doesn't even live today and also doesn't get the deserved recognition. Jesus gave his life for all our sins, and in his perfection he was the only sacrifice God would accept. Although our soldiers and our police officers give their lives so we have a better life in our short time on Earth, Jesus gave his life so we could have eternal life once we die - which we all do.
I'm thankful for the sacrifice that Jesus gave, and it makes it easier to deal with the loss of our armed forces members and our law enforcement officers. Those who are Christians when they give their lives have something even better to look forward to, and it's comforting that they gave their life and have an even better life in heaven afterward.
It's important to remember those who sacrifice for us - whether its our service members, our law enforcement, our parents who give up their lives for better lives for us, our God. Thank you for all who have sacrificed so that I have the wonderful life I have today. I am so appreciative.