Memorial Day has come to mean the beginning of summer, a time for picnics and barbecues, and a holiday to gather around the family. That happiness and freedom, however, is a product of the real cause for the holiday: the sacrifice made by men and women who have fought and died for the freedoms and liberties Americans hold dear. Memorial Day is a time to remember that the American way of life is not cheap but rather has been purchased by the lives of so many who have sacrificed for us to live free and happily now.
“During the month of May and especially on Memorial Day, our nation has the obligation to honor the men and women who serve our country and never to forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The pain of losing a friend, brother, sister, mother or father can never be taken away. However, we take refuge and comfort in our faith in Christ, knowing that death is not the end, but the threshold to everlasting life.
In 1995, Saint John Paul II beautifully said, “there is no cross to bear that Christ has not already borne for us, and does not now bear with us … This is our faith. This is our witness before the world.” As we honor and remember those we have lost in battle, place your sadness and pain in the hands of the Lord; His love and consoling embrace for us are boundless and infinite.
If you are able to, please visit one of the National Cemeteries. Say a prayer, place a flag or a flower on the tomb of a fallen soldier in memory of their valor and the brave life they lived, for we can never repay the sacrifice they made.” – Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA
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“As we express our gratitude we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy