I didn’t grow up in a military town, and nine years into living in an Army town, I still barely speak Army. PCS, TDY, MP – it took me a while to learn what each of those meant. Although so much of Army life is different than anything I grew up with, I love living in it. I’ve always appreciated our military, but now that so many of my friends are actively fighting for our freedom, I have a newfound appreciation for those who serve.

Thankfully, I have yet to have a friend die in battle, but I know the day is inevitable. There have been close calls, and my heart sometimes beats a little harder when I hear news of a tragic death in an area that I know I have friends in.

Memorial Day has all new meaning for me as well. A couple years ago, our family visited the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery for the first time. It was a sobering reminder of the thousands who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Memorial Day is about remembering – fighting forgetfulness. It’s about our desire as a nation to never forget those who fought for our freedom, but never returned home to their families. Their sacrifice is a beautiful picture of our Savior’s sacrifice.

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

— John 15:13 (ESV) —

Enjoy Memorial Day. Thank God for your freedom. And remember to take an extra moment to thank God for those who paid for our freedom with their lives.

We are the home of the free because of the brave!


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