Billy Graham said, “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.” Those men and women who died in military service for the United States lead all of us to greater courage. And so we remember them and honor them this weekend.
The US Army website offers this statement about courage:
Personal courage has long been associated with our Army. With physical courage, it is a matter of enduring physical duress and at times risking personal safety. Facing moral fear or adversity may be a long, slow process of continuing forward on the right path, especially if taking those actions is not popular with others. You can build your personal courage daily by standing up for and acting upon the things that you know are honorable. (http://www.goarmy.com/life/living_the_army_values.jsp#courage)
Many who gave their lives defending freedom did so with great courage standing up for what is right. Others showed the same courage and returned home to family and friends. To each person who has courageously defending our freedom we say,
“Thank you and God bless you.”
As a Christian, we have someone to help us stand up for and act upon those things which we believe. Jesus Christ is the perfect example and the Holy Spirit is our source of courage. And when one of us takes a courageous stand, the rest of us gain the courage to do the same.
Memorial Day is reserved for remembering the courageous who died defending our freedom. Praise God for them! Now, let us remember to be courageous as we follow Christ.