It’s almost Memorial Day so we took a ride over to Fort Logan to pay our respects.
Fort Logan is a national military cemetery. It is here that veterans are buried – veterans of the various branches of the military, of the different wars we have been engaged in, of varying ranks, and of a surprising array of religions – all buried side by side in orderly rows throughout the beautiful green rolling hillsides.
We step out of the car for a closer look. It is chilly, the rain has paused, a slight breeze wafts through the many flags we can see from any angle. There is a quiet reverence here. It is hallowed ground. These men and women served their country to help preserve the precious freedom so dearly paid for by those who came before them. Many gave their lives in battle. How does that scripture go?
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13.
Yet what does it mean for a man to lay down his life for those he does not even know? The incredible sacrifice made by the men and women who serve their country in this way must be remembered by all. We recipients of these great blessings, paid for by our ancestors, our countrymen, yea even by those with no ties to us whatsoever, would be wholly ungrateful were we to fail to think on these things and not strive all our lives to live the best we can! We are a choice generation and owe a great debt to those who have gone before.
What can you do to show your gratitude for the price paid so dearly by those who have gone before?