Memorial Day Still Matters!


Memorial Day: What does it bring to mind?

For many of us, it’s cookouts, parades, and the ‘unofficial’ start to summer.

For many others, it brings back memories, heartache and pride…for the loved ones that have given their lives in service to this country.

Over the years, 1,312,612 people have given their lives in service to this country.

Why did they do it?

Some politicians would have us believe that they joined the service because they had no options left, and that it was a tragedy that they got caught up in something.

I refuse to believe that.

I believe that every man or woman who has put on that uniform of the U.S. Marines, The US Army, the US Air Force, the US Navy, the US Coast Guard have done so because they know that this country has something very special to fight for: Freedom! Liberty!

This country has been an exception to the rule of tyranny and subjugation over the history of mankind. In this country, each individual has the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. In this country, we understand that the rights of the individual come from Almighty God, and not the government.Therefore, those rights cannot be taken away by our government–no matter how convincing the spokesperson is!

This country is The Example of freedom and liberty for the rest of the world! That did not come cheaply, nor will it be maintained easily!

On Memorial Day, we honor those who have invested themselves, sacrificed themselves, and given themselves totally for these freedoms.

May God bless the families of those who’ve given the ultimate sacrifice…and those who are in the midst of the sacrifice right now by serving! May they know that this country…the United States of America…is STILL worth serving and sacrificing for!


“We hold these truths to be self evident: That all men are created equal and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” 

Published by Pastor Dave Johnson

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Lori, Proud Father to 6 great kids, Co-Pastor of Kalamazoo Community Church. Long-suffering Detroit Lions fan.

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