Tomorrow we will enjoy a national holiday; but, “enjoy” seems the wrong word as the purpose of the holiday is to remember those who have died in the service of our country. Nevertheless, we will take the day off from work and enjoy time with friends and family doing whatever we decide we want to do: enjoying our freedom.
We should enjoy our freedom – remembering that our freedom has been purchased as a gift and payment is made regularly by those willing to go where they are sent and risk everything they have. On Memorial Day we make a point of honoring those who risked everything and lost it so that we could be free.
Our honored dead did not choose to die – they chose to defend us and if necessary lay down their lives for ours. We cannot repay that debt and we must not forget it. We should treasure that gift and keep them and their families in our grateful prayers, tomorrow and every day.