From: T.M. Schoewe
In December, 1776, Thomas Paine wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” America’s hope for freedom was at an all time low. “The summer soldier and sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country, BUT HE THAT STANDS it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”
As the United States came to be it was clear, and it has remained clear throughout our short history, even today, that for us to sing of freedom we have to pay the piper. We are free today and stand first among free nations because thousands, even millions, of our countrymen have fought to death for liberty’s cause. When the call came “they stood it!”
That is why we have Memorial Day, to pay tribute those who “stood it.” It more deeply signifies the soul of America than any other patriotic observance. So on this day while you may be picnicking or looking at the Indianapolis 500 or fishing or whatever, examine that significance and how it relates to your service for God and country. What would they who “stood it” ask of us?
Pausing on Memorial Day 2012, let’s remember the tragedy and triumph of supreme sacrifice offered by fellow Americans who lie in cemeteries all over the world, and let’s resolve to make a conscious effort to become better dedicated Americans. Let’s turn to God in the name of the Savior of all mankind and implore heaven’s grace that the sacrifice in human lives and the sufferings with which our freedom has been purchased and kept may not have been in vain. THAT would be all those that “stood it” would ask of us today.
P.S. Here’s another question we might ask. We all ought to be very concerned that there are more veterans committing suicide than there are combat casualties in our present day battlefields. New York Times (APR14) reported 6,500 veteran suicides last year. That’s more than have been killed in both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars since they began. Say another prayer about this serious problem in our country. We wonder why this doesn’t seem to be a grave concern for government officials, especially our Commander in Chief. Shouldn’t it be?