Why we have Memorial Day

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“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (John 12:24)

On an earlier Memorial Day, Tammy wrote us the following:

My dad and all but one of his brothers served. My mom’s two older brothers were drafted. The oldest volunteered. One died at Normandy. One died at the Battle of the Bulge. After a year of red tape, Mom’s oldest brother was allowed to go home. Sadly, because of PTSD, he took up drinking, and it killed him shortly after returning home. War? I hate it. Necessary? Yes it is. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t think of my sweet uncles waiting for all of us at the pearly gates. 

God bless our troops. God bless America. My hope is that everyone remembers why we have this three day weekend.

Tammy, thank you for helping us remember why.

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2 Responses to Why we have Memorial Day

  1. Sandie says:

    My husband served on a submarine during The Vietnam War. Thankfully, his boat was involved with keeping track of Soviet subs and he never saw action. Our oldest son, also a submariner, was part of the commissioning crew on the USS Maine, recently featured on ABC News. Thank God he never saw action either. We all lived by “Run Silent, Run Deep.”
    Good men, and women, put their lives on the line to protect us from ‘the wolf at our door.’ Too many never came home, and the parents, spouses, children, friends…we all waited, fearing the worst, hoping for the best.
    So, on this day, in addition to honoring and thanking God for their sacrifice, I remember those others…the ones who stayed home waiting…in vain. They served too…and sacrificed everything too.
    God HAS blessed America. We need to remember that.

  2. Toni Petrella says:

    So true about war and sometimes necessary. I thank God for each and every person who served and made the ultimate sacrifice. We must always remember and God Bless America

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