Monday, May 30, 2011

The High Price of Freedom: Memorial Day Remembrances

Memorial Day is a bittersweet holiday.

It's gratifying to haul out the American flag and hang it from the front porch post.

Usually there are parades with marching soldier units and patriotic music. People enjoy picnics everywhere.  There are even  Memorial Masses in cemeteries to honor the men and women who died while defending this country.

Whenever I see rows upon rows of soldiers' graves, with crisp American flags on poles nearby each one, it fills me with deep sadness.  How many mothers' tears fell over the loss of a "child" who died while defending this country?  How many fathers' hearts broke with news of sons' or daughters' deaths?

Why can't humankind learn to live in peace?  Why must there be wars and killing, bloodshed and violence, generation after generation?  Why can't we ever learn to just live peacefully and be grateful for all the gifts we have been so generously given? Why must more lives be lost?

(The ultimate sacrifice, found at the top of a hill in a cemetery in Western Mass.)

We live in a land of unparalleled freedom. Sometimes we take it totally for granted, living our lives the way we please, never giving a thought to the price paid for such freedom.

Today, even if for just a brief moment,  I hope we can think of those whose lives were sacrificed so we can live in sweet freedom.

This holiday, above all others, we honor our soldiers.



Mariette said...

Dearest Susan,

Thanks for such a post; indeed writing straight from the heart!
Did you read Pieter's personal story for Memorial Day? I have it on for the 29th and tomorrow I have another incredible true Memorial Day story...

Lots of love,


LDH said...

Heaven ~ when all evil is destroyed... no more earthly troubles and conflict... then we will enjoy peace between people. For now, we can find peace with God.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me -- put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Susan said...

Thank you, Susan. This is a beautiful tribute to those who have and who do fight for our freedom. Today we keep them in our minds and hearts.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

What a wonderful post. My father was a WWII veteran and I am so proud of that.

mo said...

Hi Susan,

This post is beautiful.

My plans are to try to catch up around my house since I work my life away...

Just to be a mom, a housekeeper, and a wife.

I am enjoying the time off.



Linda @ A La Carte said...

Beautiful post Susan. I am resting at home today I think. hugs, Linda

Karen Lange said...

I agree, it is bittersweet. I appreciate the sacrifice our servicemen and women have made and still make to ensure our freedom.

Have a good day,

Diann said...

Wonderful tribute! Happy Memorial day to you and your family!

T's Daily Treasures said...

So many take for granted the life that they know without ever contemplating how freedom came to be. I can understand fighting for what is right, but I will never understand the need to feel superior because of race or culture. We are all one race, the human race. If only enlightenment could come to all the world would be a peaceful, happier place. Hope you are having a relaxing today. Best wishes, Tammy

Anonymous said...

I am still having trouble posting and a little frustrated.

Anyhow - Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice. And you're right - why can't we all live in peace - and peace starts at home.


Kathy said...

Peace will only come in Heaven - because of Jesus' sacrifice - makes me so very thankful to God for His boundless love.
My dad served, my grandfather served and my son-in-law serves. I am so grateful for those who treasure Liberty in America.
Thank you for sharing this moving tribute.

Bookie said...

Due to life in Southwest Missouri, I am not blogging much right now but glad I didn't miss this one. Lovely, Susan.

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