Monday, May 25, 2009
"Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor." Romans 13:7
Memorial Day is always a nostalgic time for me as I reflect on those in my family who have served in the military. My Father was a Marine who served in the Pacific during World War II. My oldest brother was a part of the Army's elite "Green Beret", wounded in Vietnam and received the Silver Star for bravery. I also have a brother who served in the Navy and one in the Air Force during the Vietnam era. My oldest son followed his Dad's example as he served in the Air Force for 9 years and my youngest son is currently a Marine pilot who has already done one tour of duty in Iraq.
I thank God for a family heritage rich in patriotism and loyalty to this great country. George Washington said, "The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation." Let us never count the price of freedom cheap. Take time to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Take time to honor those who willingly serve our country today.