Freedom Has Always Been Expensive…
Well before you head off to the beach, lake or a gathering tomorrow for barbeque and fun with friends and family for a Memorial Day celebration, let’s take a brief moment to be reminded of why we are able to do just that in America. The holiday itself dates back to the time of the American Civil War and was known as “Decoration Day.” It was a time when families would go and place flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers, not just to honor the men and women who had died serving the United States military, but also to honor the freedoms that they gave their lives to uphold. With that in mind let me share with you several memorable quotes that remind us of the significance of their sacrifice.
- “I don't have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.” – President Ronald Reagan
- "A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower
- “It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” – General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.
- "How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!" – Maya Angelou
- “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” — General George S. Patton
- "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” – President Thomas Jefferson
- “Decoration Day is the most beautiful of our national holidays ... The grim cannon have turned into palm branches, and the shell and shrapnel into peach blossoms.” – Thomas Bailey Aldrich
- "Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay, but we can honor their sacrifice." – President Barack Obama
- "In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved." – President Franklin D. Roosevelt
- "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty." – President John F. Kennedy
- “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” – President George Washington
- “And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” – Joseph Rodman Drake
- “We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.” – Francis A. Walker
- “Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.” – Daniel Webster
- “They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this Nation.” – Henry Ward Beecher“
- Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” – President Harry S. Truman
- "For love of country, they accepted death.” – President James A. Garfield
Freedom has always been expensive. May the bloodshed by thousands of men and women over the past two centuries never be minimized by a culture that has forgotten where it came from!
And most of all may we never forget the supreme price of eternal freedom from sin that was offered through the precious blood sacrifice of Jesus on the cross… was it Costly??? You bet! “For God so loved the world that He GAVE HIS ONLY SON…” Freedom has always been expensive!
For God’s Glory Alone,