Remembering Memorial Day

All that they had they gave – they gave –
In sure and single faith.
There can no knowledge reach the grave
To make them grudge their death
Save only if they understood
That, after all was done,
We they redeemed denied their blood
And mocked the gains it won.

– Kipling
To my American friends who read this blog: On this Memorial Day, let us not forget the sacrifice of those who fought and died for our freedom. 
My choir and I have sung this multiple times in this past year. Each time brings tears to my eyes and I have to fight to keep singing. I am saddened by the fact that these words ring true for many in my country. I pray that one day that will change. 
Of all those in my family who have fought, there is no one who I want to thank more than my grandfather. I wish that I could have had more time with him and had the chance to thank him for his service. 
Let us not mock the gains these heros won for us. Our freedoms are not meager rights, they are our life. They are why our lives are the way they are, and they are freedoms denied to many. God gave us this freedom, many men and women died to make sure we could keep them. Let us not not mock nor disregard their death and value of their sacrifice.  


Blessings to you on this Memorial Day, and thank you to all of you who served this country. Your sacrifice means the world to me.


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