They Didn’t Want to Be Honored on Memorial Day…

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This Memorial Day Weekend, we honor the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who gave up all of their tomorrows so that we could have our today. Those we honor gifted to us all they treasured; their families, their hopes, and their dreams. They sacrificed their lives in defense of America, so that we could enjoy ours. It doesn’t get any more unselfish than that; as it says in the Bible,” Greater love hath no man, than he lay down his life for his brother.”

None of the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines we honor today wanted to be honored on Memorial Day. They wanted to live the American dream, not die for it. They wanted to come home. They all knew, that being honored on Memorial Day meant they wouldn’t be coming home alive. Being honored on Memorial Day meant they wouldn’t get to be with their family and friends ever again; hug their mom ever again; go fishing with their dad ever again; kiss their sweetheart ever again; or marry her, play catch with their children, and grow old with their loved ones, after a long, happy life.

None of the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines we honor today wanted to die for their country; they wanted to live for it. That is what makes their sacrifice so special and meaningful. They willingly gave what they wanted most-life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness— to us; and they gave it unconditionally. 

None of the men and women we honor on this Memorial Day wanted to be honored today; but how can we not honor such a profound gift?

Today, as we honor those who gave us their last, full, measure of devotion, let us resolve to be worthy of the sacrifice they made for us; let us resolve to be worthy of the freedom they won for us; and let us resolve to make their American dream a reality for all of us. For they can do no more than they have already done; and we owe them no less.

God bless the men and women we honor today, and may God bless the United States of America. 

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