Tuesday, May 29, 2012

“This flag is presented by a grateful nation...”

“This flag is presented by a grateful nation...” Those are among the words spoken to the next of kin at the funeral of a fallen service man or woman as the United States flag is presented to them. This happens after the flag is ceremoniously removed from the coffin and folded as Taps is played. It is as an extremely moving experience for anyone – but how much more so for the family and friends of the fallen hero. I will never forget my first military funeral – and I’m sure that others will follow. We lose scores of veterans every day, especially since those who remain of our brave World War II veterans are now in their 80’s and 90’s. Since the birth of our nation nearly 236 years ago, men and women have sacrificed their lives for our country and to preserve the God-given liberties that are embedded in our Constitution. Liberty Counsel honors those who have served our nation. Memorial Day gives all of us an opportunity to honor America's heroes, to recall their sacrifice and courage, and to respect the incredible selflessness of their ultimate sacrifice. We owe them this respect and debt of gratitude. I urge you to take time today to honor a veteran or current serviceperson – whether fallen or living – and to pray for our active military personnel who are engaged in conflicts around the world or performing their assigned duties here at home. Thank you. God bless you, God bless America, and God bless our service men and women and their families.