While most of us get to enjoy a day off work on Monday we must not forget what this day is truly about.
My wife and I took our boys this morning to join 1,800 scouts and placed 18,000 flags on the graves of our soldiers at the Marietta National Cemetery.
As we drove home reflecting on their sacrifice, Jackson (age 8) said, “I think it is amazing how the soldiers on both sides of the Civil War would help each other bury the dead after a battle.”
I thought that was amazing too, and I explained that just shows how we can so viciously disagree with people, even to the point of war, and yet still show respect toward each other.
You may not agree with the reasons wars are fought, but you can still show respect toward those who have fought, and continue to fight, for your freedom!
Here are 5 simple things you can do to show respect to those who have served:
1. Thank a veteran. Whether they are serving now or served in the past, thank them for ensuring your freedoms.
2. Teach your children to respect our veterans by telling them about the hardships many endured so they could be free.
3. Pray for our soldiers. Pray for their safety and the safety of their families. Pray for favor and that they would be victorious.
4. Confront those who show disrespect. Remind them that they can disagree with the politics behind a war and still respect the soldiers that have to fight in them. Honor their courage and their sacrifices.
5. Recite the Pledge of Allegiance with your friends and family. Remind each other that it is only when we are united for the cause of freedom that we can stand strong.
I challenge you to commit to just one of these five suggestions. Feel free to suggest additional ideas in the comments below on how we can honor those who have fought for and continue to fight for our freedom!
Have a great Memorial Day weekend. Thank you to all who have served in our armed forces! May God bless you for your service!