The wife of a friend with whom I served in the Army and who shall retire this summer and whose son was killed in Afghanistan, wrote this on her Face Book page, we should all pause and remember those who have given their all for us and our nation.
Over the past several days everywhere I have been someone has wished upon me to have a great holiday weekend. I too used to be guilty thinking that this weekend was about the end of the school year and the welcoming of summer. It has taken your absence and sacrifice to help me to understand that his weekend is not about sales at stores, picnics or pools. We will celebrate your life this weekend and honor you and all that have made the ultimate sacrifice. You are missed beyond words. I love you always.
Let us reflect on these words from the Book of Common Prayer:
ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, in whose hands are the living and the dead; We give thee thanks for all those thy servants who have laid down their lives in the service of our country. Grant to them thy mercy and the light of thy presence, that the good work which thou hast begun in them may be perfected; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Ame
In memory of Sergeant Andrew McConnell, Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.