May 28, 2011
At this time of year in the United States, we celebrate Memorial Day. It's a holiday set aside to remember those who died in armed service to their country, and also those who served, returned home, and died later. Most countries have such a commemoration, so if you're not in the United States, You might still find an opportunity to use what I'm going to offer here.
We are talking about men and women who stepped forward when their country called. They might have been drafted, they might have joined voluntarily, or they might have volunteered so that they could pick their path rather than having a path picked for them.
They took an oath. I remember mine. One part was to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domesic. Another part was that I swore to obey the orders of the President of the United States and the officers appointed over me. Note that it did not say which President, but the President regardless of who is President.
Memorial Day is a time for speeches, but people like you and I can do more. Envision one of them, as they were when they were in uniform. It's not too difficult for me to envision my Dad, and there are a few others I can envision, too. Having studied military history from more than one point of view, I can even envision some whom my Dad would have seen as enemies in those days - and later became friends after the war was in their mutual pasts.
They answered their country's call. Many of them fell in service to their country. And what I'll describe here is a way to say thanks in a special way which we can do!