There is a cost for doing something and a cost for doing nothing. An old adage alludes to the fact that the cost for doing nothing is typically much more expensive later on. Freedom is not free.
The act of self-sacrifice is a core piece to the Christian religion as the Author and Finisher in Jesus Christ willingly laid down His life to pay the sin debt and to settle the wrath of God regarding sin. Jesus was not required to do so, however since there was no other way, a willing sacrifice was made.
The concept of demonstrating such selflessness is disclosed in the Bible with “greater love has no man than he who will lay his life down for another”. This attribute has been part of the American landscape for centuries.
America’s military branches are highly detailed with stories of the self-sacrifice of military personnel. The bravery displayed and the willingness to lay down their own life for their comrades in arms came at great personal cost is a common theme. Something much bigger than themselves empowered these heroics when the moment of truth arrived.
The names of the battlefield have became interchangeable with the great examples of valor; Bunker Hill, New Orleans, Gettysburg, Belleau Wood, Normandy, Iwo Jima, Pork Chop Hill, Hamburger Hill (Hill 937), and military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. http://www.historycentral.com/wars.html
Each battle provided its own unique distinction of the high cost of freedom under fire.America’s war on terror offers a perspective on casualties that can take place on the home front with the Oklahoma City bombing, 9/11, and the bombing at the Boston Marathon.
Although Memorial Day is designated to honor the military being killed in combat, the combatants of the war on terror can include civilians killed during terrorist attacks. The price paid in blood is just as costly and precious in the war against terror. Freedom comes at a price.
This Memorial Day commemorates the men and women that gave the ultimate cost to pay for the freedoms that are enjoyed not only in this country, but the times America was forced to defend the interests of freedom for other countries. American fighting forces paid not only for the freedom enjoyed in the United States, but the freedom that many foreigners outside of our borders have.
In spite of unjustified criticism, America has shown no interest in dominating other countries by intimidation or forcing compliance to American edicts. America had ample opportunity to incorporate other nations as a world power from World War 2, but little interest or intent was demonstrated to make past enemies face retribution. America typically leaves when the job is done.http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2010/10/americas-founders-and-the-principles-of-foreign-policy-sovereign-independence
America’s sense of fair play is well known and the United States in continuously invited to intercede in the affairs of other countries but typically does not. Humanitarian aid yes, but armed support usually is avoided.
Memorial Day is a time of reflection on those in the armed forces that gave selflessly and sacrificially in the name of freedom from tyranny.