Two weeks ago I took this picture in Washington DC, at the Korean War Memorial. It is a simple inscription on a marble wall. But it is one of the most sobering reminders of the sacrifice required for freedom.
“Freedom is not Free”, someone had to pay the ultimate price so that we might be free. As Americans we have had the privilege of almost two centuries of no wars being fought on our own soil. But sometimes we forget because we are not surrounded by the horrors of war or the devastation that it brings. Because we can go about our daily lives unaffected while others thousands of miles away sacrifice themselves and trade all of their tomorrows for all of our tomorrows.
We forget the great sacrifice placed on the alter of freedom that allows us to gather on Monday with friends and family around the pool and cookout. I am not saying don’t enjoy yourself on Monday, but what I am saying is remember the price that was paid so you and I would be free on Monday.
Thank you to all the brave men and women who willing laid down their lives in service to our nation. I pray that we will honor you by not allowing your sacrifices to have been in vain.
And as you celebrate that freedom we have as Americans, know that ultimate freedom regardless of nationality is only found in Jesus Christ, who laid down his life so that all mankind could be free forever. “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 Thank you Jesus.