“O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved and mercy more than life!
May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness,
And every gain divine!”
Every Memorial Day, I think back to my visit to Arlington National Cemetery – just standing there amongst the graves in reverent silence. It’s one of the most special experiences of my life. The graves seemed to go on forever – dotting the bright green landscape with pillars of white. To think that every one of those men had a family, a mother, a father, more than likely children and a wife.
America is great country, idea, and culture worth fighting, and if need be, dying for. One need only look at the hills of Arlington for proof of that. It is that noble American spirit that has also sent our fighting men and women to die for the liberation of other nations and peoples around the world.
If you find yourself ever doubting the truth of American nobility and greatness, please go visit Arlington. It really puts things into perspective and humbles the spirit. There are many Americans, especially the younger ones, who unfortunately have a poor outlook on this nation – and that’s really sad.
They don’t realize how good they have it, and just how many people have fought and died so they can live a life of peace, where the only daily struggle they have is what type of coffee they’ll have at Starbucks.
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13
Remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on Memorial Day and every day. Their struggle has enabled us to live the American life they never will.