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As We Remember - Memorial Day
1 Chronicles 11:10-25
Memorial Day is primarily a national holiday on which we remember and honor the men and women who have given their lives for our country. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, "it is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this."
But what is the spirit in which we are to observe Memorial Day? The touching little story from the Old Testament, transcribed above, illustrates the right spirit.
King David, weary and spent after a hard battle with his enemies the Philistines, takes refuge in a cave near his native town of Bethlehem. Spurred by memories of his boyhood but knowing that the town is occupied by the enemy and that he is therefore longing for the impossible, the king exclaims, "O that some one would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem which is by the gate" But hardly have these words fallen from David’s parched lips, when three of his heroic soldiers break through the enemy lines, draw water from the well of Bethlehem, and bring the precious drink to their king. David receives the vessel from the hands of the heroes but "would not drink of it; he poured it out to the Lord, and said, ‘Far be it from me before my God that I should do this. Shall I drink the lifeblood of these men? For at the risk of their lives they brought it.’ " Bought at the price of a willingness to make so great a sacrifice, it was too costly a drink to be enjoyed selfishly. The only use worthy of it was to pour it out as a thank-offering to the Lord.
This sensitivity to sacrifices made for us and this sense of obligation to make consecrated use of the results of the sacrifices constitute the right spirit for celebrating Memorial Day.
No one has expressed this spirit so concisely and yet so eloquently as Lincoln did at Gettysburg. .
"Our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." The land which the fathers of our nation have beqeathed to us is the land of liberty and equality. The flag which they lifted over it is a flag which stands for freedom of thought, of speech, of conscience, of worship. And it represents the right of every citizen to enjoy these freedoms and equal opportunity to make the most of his God-given capacities. The fathers accepted this liberty and equality as sacred trust from the hand of God and taught us to "praise the Power that has made and preserved us a nation."
Are we worthy heirs of such riches? Do we prize them so highly that we constantly thank God for them? Do we appreciate the high privilege of American citizenship and do we make responsible and constructive use of it? We Americans of the twentieth century, who tend to take our freedom for granted, need to recover the reverent appreciation of it which the fathers had and which Lincoln had.
Lincoln acknowledge the price paid for our heritage. We remember those who "gave the last full measure of devotion," who "gave their lives that that nation might live." Memorial Day calls us to pay respect to the brave men and women, living and dead, who have fought to preserve the nation. But in doing so we are compelled to count the cost of our heritage in terms of the lives of fathers and sons, in terms of widows and orphans. On the long run, we appreciate most the things for which we have paid the most.
Our American way of life has been purchased at a high price. We say "thank you" today to all the men and women who, like the men of David, have placed their lives in jeopardy for us. We honor those who are now serving in the armed forces of our country and we remember gratefully the veterans of the wars of yesterday who responsed to their country’s call in the hour of danger. If we have caught the vision of Memorial Day, we see not only the parades of today but also an otherwise invisible parade of heroes marching from Valley Forge and Gettysburg as well as the battlefields of the present century, soldiers whose blood has nourished the soil from which our freedom grows.
As we remember our country’s heroes and our own loved ones, like David of old we offer our thanks to God and say:
"For those we love within the veil
Who once were comrades of our way,
We thank thee, Lord, for they have won
To cloudless day.
There are no tears within their eyes;
With love they keep perpetual tryst;
And praise and work and rest are one,
With thee, O Christ."
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