Memorial Day in the US is the last Monday of May. On this day we remember the men and women of the US Armed Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice of laying down their lives for the freedom of others.
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. — John 15:13 NKJV
Through Jesus’ sacrifice, we recognize love, sacrifice, and ultimate sacrifice on a human level because of what He modeled. Likewise, when we pause on this day in the US, we recognize the love and ultimate sacrifice – the loss of the lives of those who gave it all in service to this nation.
We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. — 1 John 3:16 NLT
Let us also not forget that this is also a day full of gold stars, Gold Star Families that is, who are also remembering and perhaps still mourning their loss. “The Fallen” also have families who unselfishly supported these members of the Armed Forces in their mission. Did you know that the last Sunday of September is Gold Star Mother’s and Families’ Day? That is the day set aside to recognize Gold Star Family contributions to the nation.
For Memorial Day, when we honor our “Fallen”, join Gold Star Families in remembering their loved ones not only as “The Fallen”, but also “The Loved” and “The Missed”.
God the Father understands this level of giving and sacrifice, because we can never forget that He gave His best for us.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. — John 3:16 NKJV
This Memorial Day, a grateful nation remembers those of the Armed Forces who have laid down their lives in service to the nation. We remember and honor “The Love and Missed” along with those who loved them most – the families that let a nation have their best sons, daughters, husbands, wives, fathers, and mothers.
God understands Gold Stars.
God bless you and keep you. May God’s peace, strength, and comfort continue to be yours on this Memorial Day and everyday.
Shana, USAF Veteran