This morning I took my veteran father and my children to the Memorial Day Service at he High School Auditorium. While I have been touched by it in the past, I must say I especially enjoyed it this year. I love to see the veterans stand when their songs are played, and I love to watch the flags make their way to the front. This year, I was especially impressed with the speech made by Col. John Clauer.
I found him to be a very eloquent speaker; I could listen to him talk and tell stories all day. But the content of his speech was also something I wish every American could hear. He talked about courage, honor, and commitment, and not only how they exemplify those who have given their lives for our country, but how every American should strive to exhibit these characteristics, if we are going to enjoy this great country.
I enjoyed, too, the singing of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. While the song’s chorus is the most popular part of the song, the Park Rapids American Legion provided the lyrics to three verses of this hymn. Particularly striking was the third verse, which read:
“In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me.
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.”
As a Christian, I live in daily appreciation for the sacrifice that Another made on my behalf. However, I feel it is good to take a day to stop and appreciate the sacrifices of others who have made the freedom we enjoy in this country possible. We can worship that Christ freely because of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Happy Memorial Day.