Day to Remember

We took our kids to a local Memorial Day Service today. It’s important to me.  It is important for them.

It’s important for them to know the stories of their grandfathers/great-grandfathers who served our country.

It’s important for them to say the pledge of allegiance to our flag in a civic ceremony full of people in uniform.

It’s important for them to listen to a mom speak whose son died in Iraq.

It’s important for them to see the wreaths presented, the guns fired and Taps played.

It’s important for them to hear the lady behind us crying as taps was played.

It’s important for them to ask “Why was she crying?”

And it’s important for them to get a good answer to that question from their mom and dad.

I probably will fail a hundred times this week as a parent, but I am resolved about this:  I don’t want to raise selfish kids.  They will know the responsibilities that come with rights we enjoy.  They will know that payment that was made for the privileges we all possess.

One Memorial Day service each year won’t produce that on its own, but for our family it’s one of the respect-filled building blocks.

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~ by Greg Lee on June 1, 2010.

One Response to “Day to Remember”

  1. Greg that is sound wisdom. As parents, my wife and I failed many times. But as adults, our 4 children respect the flag, our country, and the freedoms we are afforded. Scouting was very important to us as a way to instill pride in this great nation. I pray often that our leaders will follow the God principles our fore fathers established. I pray often that we as a nation would look to God as the source of grace and blessing. I pray often that we as a nation would be dependent on God for the freedoms we take for granted. I thank God for the men and woman who have served, protected, and even died for our freedom. Thanks for sharing that insight today.

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