Sacrifice (with video)

How do you say ‘Thank You’?

Today I am reminded of the men and women of our Armed Forces.

I am thankful for their service to our country, and their willingness to risk it all for our freedom, liberty, and way of life. They are often called on to put their lives on the line for us, and they do so willingly.

I know that, without them, our country would not–could not–exist today.

The freedoms that I, and so many Americans, take for granted are only possible because of the millions of men and women over the years who have answered the call.

I am especially humbled and quieted when I think of those over the years who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and have given their lives in defense of this country. ‘Thank you’ is clearly not enough, and a ‘salute’ doesn’t do it, but what else can I say? What else can I do?

I can humbly honor them and their families–who have joined in that sacrifice–by quietly reflecting on them, thanking God for their willingness to serve and give themselves for the just causes of freedom and liberty, and I can vow to fight in my own way to insure that those things are not given up in my lifetime.

Jesus said “Greater love has on one than this: That they lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

You have shown that kind of love to your fellow Americans, and we thank you.

To those who are serving, Thank You. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

To those who have served, Thank You. We are honored to have you with us.

To those who’ve laid down their lives, We stand in your debt. We are honored by your bravery and strength. Thank You!

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