Why did they make the ultimate sacrifice?
This weekend we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedoms. I wonder what they were thinking when they signed up to defend our freedoms.
Maybe they were thinking, “I want to protect our families, our children. our future:· Or were they thinking, “I want to protect the rights of men to marry men and women to marry women. And, everyone should be able to abort their children and their grandchildren if they want?”
Were they thinking, “I want a better life for my children and grandchildren; I want them to make an honest and decent living for their family?” Or were they thinking, “I want everything to be made in foreign countries so that there are no decent jobs in America?”
Were they thinking, “I want my children and grandchildren to be able to watch TV and go to movies and not be bombarded with violence, nudity, drugs, profanity, pornography and a general disrespect for human life?” Would they be proud of what the entertainment industry deems appropriate for our children and grandchildren today?
Were they thinking, “I want my children and grandchildren to be taught right from wrong, to have high moral standards, to help others when they are in need, and to be patriots willing to defend righteousness?” Would they be proud of defending a society where STDs are epidemic, where over 50% of children are born out of wedlock, where children are pampered and parents are demeaned?
Back then, the United States where these brave men and women lived was worth dying for. People respected their elders, loved their children, raised their family, demanded a solid education in reading, writing and arithmetic and demanded that their children be punished if they misbehaved. Honesty, decency, integrity, respect were values taken for granted and expected of everyone. We depended on one another for help. We also depended on our loving God to watch over our family, our community, and our nation. In God we trusted!
I wonder what they were thinking, what they were hoping for, and what they saw as worth dying for. I’m proud of the women and men who gave me the rights I have today and I pray that I will live up to those high expectations.