Memorial Day–What Do We Owe the Honored Dead

Having just come from a parade for the small town of Benwood, WV and then going to the cemetary for music, speeches, and prayers, I am wondering what we owe those who have died for our freedom.  In every skirmish, battle, war, or military conflict since the American Revolution, more than 1.3 million members of the armed services have given their full measure for our freedom.  (Wikipedia)  These dead come from over sixty five different actions which have both created our nation and shared our ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nations around the world. 

Someone we know may have given their “full measure” and now lie in cemetaries around the world.  A part of the Gettysburg Address of President Lincoln states,

“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth

A government of the people, by the people, and four the people shall not perish from the earth.  We owe them the duty and requirement NOT to allow this country nor its ideals so wonderfully put in our Declaration of Indepence to disappear.  Nations have asked us for our assistance and we have gladly aided them, even at the cost of our best and brightest.  It is because of those ideals given by God we lovingly desire to share.  If we disappear from this earth, who will come to the aid of struggling nations?  Who will welcom legal immigration for those wanting a better way of life?

Those who lie in graves which gave up their life for these ideals lie in a patch of ground six feet by three feet.  In Arlington Cemetary alone over three hundred thousand honored dead reside. 

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