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  • Happy Memorial Day๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

    Happy Memorial Day to Everyone, and GOD BLESS to all of those who served, who are serving now, and passed away. Thank you For keeping us Safe and protecting our Country๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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    May we all use some time today to reflect on the sacrifices and service that many fallen man and woman have given to this nation so we may enjoy the freedom and opportunities we have.

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      Happy Memorial Day to all. I posted this over in the off topic thread but know a lot of you don't head over that way so hope you don't mind if I do a repeat for all of you knowing a number of you are Veteran's as well as part of the fire/EMS/police community. This is from the devotion I posted for my congregations.

      Memorial Day - I look at the little green and tan Army men I have been given to remind me to pray for those in the armed forces, but today they remind me also to pause and reflect on all of those who gave that ultimate sacrifice of their lives for the freedoms we so enjoy. On my last trip back home a few years ago I did my walk through the cemetery. I came to the grave of a cousin I never knew - the grave marker stated his name an simply read "missing in action - WW II." A young man went to war and never came home - lost over the Pacific when his plane went down. Another young man from the community served in the U.S. Army and was killed near Best, Holland when he threw himself on a grenade to protect other members of his platoon. A memorial in Best, Holland reads "On Sept. 19, 1944, Joe E. Mann as a soldier at this place gave his young life to save the lives of his comrades." Young men who never came home...and so we remember.

      My dad fought in World War II and came home but some of his buddies did not and so we remember. Dad also fought in Korea and he came home but some of his buddies did not...and so we remember. Cousin Ken and others went to Vietnam and came home but some of their buddies did not...and so we remember. And the same for so many wars - from Desert Storm and more - people we knew - dads and mons, sons and daughters went off to war - some came home and some did not - and so we remember. As I kid growing up, Memorial Day Services were like Sunday worship - you were there - no exceptions! You listened to the speeches and bowed your head for the prayers. In those days it seemed like we all stood at attention for the gun salute and the playing of Taps - and for many, few tears fell to the ground as we remembered.

      Today we pause and remember and give thanks to God for those who gave that ultimate sacrifice. May we always cherish the memory of those whose lives were given to gain and preserve our freedoms. We also remember to give thanks as well for our Veterans and the service they gave; and for all those who continue to serve to keep us free. And so we remember; the gun salute is done and we listen to those comforting words from Taps - "Day is done, gone the sun, from the lake, from the hill, from the sky, all is well, safely rest, God is nigh." And so we remember.

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        A time to honor and remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, and to direct our thoughts and prayers to the families and loved ones who have lost those heroes. As I dwelled on this yesterday I thought about how I should feel about those who have shed their blood for our country, protecting the freedoms we all have, and often take for granted. Sorrow, but also pride, thankfulness, amazement, and brotherhood with others like me who have worn the uniform yet sacrificed so much more than I have. It hit me that ALL citizens of this country should realize they have also lost a loved one, many times over.

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