Memorial Day 2013
Memorial Day is the one day set aside to honor American veterans whose sacrifice and dedication to duty changed the course of our nation’s history. It is a day to thank those who served in the military – from the Revolutionary War soldiers who fought and died to ensure our American right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – to those at freedom’s door in remote fields around the world – thank you for hearing duty’s call.
Memorial Day is the day we pray for those who laid their lives on freedom’s altar.
In a timeless and compassionate letter to a mother who lost five sons, Abraham Lincoln said his words would not be enough to overcome her grief, but offered her the thanks of the Republic her sons died to save... With deep, personal gratitude, President Lincoln acknowledged the mother’s anguish, and prayed she would be left with the cherished memory of her lost loved ones and “the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice on the altar of freedom.”
And as we reflect on the true meaning of Memorial Day, may God bless all our veterans, then and now – and God bless America.