Monday, May 25, 2009

...remembering the courage and sacrifice of all who have died in military service

“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” -Winston Churchill

Freedom is a precious commodity. It is paid for with the blood of patriots and bathed in the tears of their families. On this day, may we take a moment to thank the Lord for the great freedoms He has bestowed upon us in our nation and for those who have given their lives so that we may have it. We honor those brave men and women today who gave their last full measure of devotion to our nation.

If you haven't read The Declaration of Independence or The U.S. Constitution in a while, may I encourage you to do so today. They are unprecedented, in all of human history, on the principled and circumspect foundations of a free democratic-republic. They continue as the political plumbline and rule of law for a free society for all Americans. Also, you may also want to visit This Day in History - a very informative site that has a fathomless well of interesting facts about events on a myriad of subjects in history. I am sure you will enjoy this greatly and it is great for the kids too.

As Christians, may we use that freedom for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ; the furtherance of His gospel; and the joy of fellowship there is in His church with others who have tasted the kindness of the Lord.

Happy Memorial Day from all of us at COT and A1M


donsands said...

Very nice post. Inspiring quotes and thoughts.

I was reading up on Nathan Hale today, and thought you may enjoy these quotes as well:

“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” -Nathan Hale

"Another credible statement purporting to be from Nathan Hale’s execution is found in the diary of Lt. Robert MacKensie, a British officer in New York at the time. The diary entry was made on the very day of Hale’s execution, September 22, 1776:

“He behaved with great composure and resolution, saying he thought it the duty of every good Officer, to obey any orders given him by his Commander-in-Chief; and desired the Spectators to be at all times prepared to meet death in whatever shape it might appear.”

SJ Camp said...

Thank you Don. I so appreciated the quote by Robert MacKensie... Sobering.