Today is Memorial Day, a day set aside to remember all the men and women who have died in the service of our country. It's also the unofficial beginning of summer celebrated with cookouts, swimming, boating, and all sorts of outdoor activities. While you're celebrating the beginning of the summer season, stop and take a moment to give thanks for the true reason we should be celebrating. We are free to celebrate as we like because so many have given their lives for those freedoms.
I have been researching my family's genealogy and have found that I come not only from a long line of preachers, but also a long line of soldiers. My 5x-great grandfathers on both my mom and dad's sides of the family fought in the Revelotionary War. Several of them and their sons fought in the War of 1812. Great grandfathers and great grand uncles from both sides of the family fought in the Civil War. I remember stories of uncles that fought in World War II. I remember all too well stories from friends and family about Viet Nam. And of course I've known quite a few people that have served during the recent war on terrorism.
If you've never visited a Veterans cemetery, I would suggest that you do. You will be amazed and humbled at the thousands of graves. Even if you don't know any of the soldiers, take a long look around at the headstones. While all of these men and women may not have died during a war, they all fought for the freedom we enjoy today. As you celebrate the holiday today, don't forget to celebrate and salute the men and women that fought in the past and are fighting today to keep us free.