In the United States the last weekend in May is called
"Memorial Day Weekend." It is set aside to remember those who gave the ultimate
gift to others. So many millions of men and women have given their lives in so many wars
for so many reasons it boggles the mind. Around the world there are many different beliefs
and causes. For me, I choose to honor those who died establishing and defending the
freedom we so casually take for granted in the United States.
On this weekend, if you enjoy the benefits of being able to
worship as you choose, if you can go wherever you like and say whatever you want and if
you are allowed by law to openly protest the law itself, then someone died for your right
to do those things. Think of it - They gave all their freedom,
their very existence, so that you and I would have the freedom they so dearly
We have our shortcomings in the USA. However, I believe we,
as a nation, are closer to the ideal society God would desire for all people, than any
other nation on earth. So, to all who are with their creator this day because they cared
enough to defend this nation and its principles, I say "Thank you."
"Thank you" also, to every veteran who was
wounded, mentally or physically, in those same efforts.
And finally, "Thank you" to those who survived,
injured or not, for God has truly blessed you and must be expecting you to continue to do
great things with your life.
Gerry Reid, May 23, 1996, updated 1997, 1998,
2000, 2001, 2006