“Since the first shots fired in the Revolutionary War, Americans have answered the call to duty and given their lives in service to our Nation and its sacred founding ideals. As we pay tribute to the lives and legacies of these patriots on Memorial Day, we also remember that they sacrificed to create a better, more peaceful future for our Nation and the world. We recommit to realizing that vision, honoring the service of so many who have placed love of country above all else” (President Donald Trump, Memorial Day Proclamation, 2020).
In the Bible, one of the great heroes was Jonathan, son of King Saul and friend to David. Jonathan died as he fought a battle in defense of his country (1 Samuel 31). When David became king in place of Saul, David eulogized Jonathan (2 Samuel 1:25-26). And, in honor of the fallen hero, David provided for Jonathan’s remaining family members (2 Samuel 9). Following this example, our country honors our fallen heroes and provides for their remaining family members.
Ever since the American Civil War of the 18th century, we have honored our fallen heroes on Memorial Day (originally called “Declaration Day”). We can and should thank our Lord for those who have given their lives in our defense. These include military members and extends to law enforcement representatives, and even rescue and medical personnel who have died in battling disease and injury. Praise the Lord for these brave men and women!
Woodlawn church of Christ