ON MEMORIAL DAY 2013 AND EVERY DAY, MAY GOD BLESS OUR FALLEN HEROES…
The Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
“Every society needs heroes. And every society has them. The reason we don’t often see them is because we don’t bother to look.
There are two kinds of heroes. Heroes who shine in the face of great adversity, who perform an amazing feat in a difficult situation. And heroes who live among us, who do their work unceremoniously, unnoticed by many of us, but who make a difference in the lives of others.
Heroes are selfless people who perform extraordinary acts. The mark of heroes is not necessarily the result of their action, but what they are willing to do for others and for their chosen cause. Even if they fail, their determination lives on for others to follow. The glory lies not in the achievement, but in the sacrifice.”
―Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
“And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me…”
― Lee Greenwood
God welcomes our Fallen Heroes so they can enjoy Eternal Peace with Him after the sacrifices they made for their country, for their loved ones. Before you praise celebrities for doing nothing but taking your hard-earned money and squandering it frivolously on themselves, why not praise those heroic soldiers who put their lives on the line for us each and every day, expecting nothing in return. Pray for those who have lost their lives protecting the freedoms that we so readily enjoy every day. That’s where your loyalties should be. That’s where it would be truly appreciated.
In honor of our Fallen Heroes, I’d like to thank them for their selfless acts of heroism and for their ultimate sacrifices, and I also thank their parents for bringing these heroes into the world. Here is a beautiful prayer from American Psalms…
A Prayer in Honor of Fallen Heroes
Arlington National Cemetery
Comforter and Councilor,1 We turn to you in our time of grief; our help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth.2 Since the Civil War, we have set aside a day for remembrance, and our hearts are broken for the men and women who have been lost while serving our country.
Neither national liberty nor eternal freedom comes without a price. You paid for our eternal salvation with your own son,3 and you feel the suffering4 of parents who’ve lost their children defending America’s freedom. You have heard the cries of spouses, children, siblings and friends. You have collected their tears5 and will be their comfort:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
I am grateful for those who have died defending my freedom. Do not allow me to become complacent toward their sacrifice, but exercise my freedom to benefit my country and your Kingdom. Remind me daily that my freedom in both life and eternity came at a price someone else paid.
For hundreds of years, men and women have sacrificed themselves for my right to pursue happiness. They have shown the true meaning of love, for:
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)
I am grateful to those individuals, and my heart turns toward the family members who are left behind. This day is a reminder of their sacrifice and I pray the Holy Spirit would comfort them. AMEN.
1 John 14:26
2 Psalm 121:3
3 1 Corinthians 6:20
4 Hebrews 4:15
5 Psalm 56:8