A few years ago, my brother-in-law a West Point graduate, took our family on a tour of the military academy. Its motto, “Duty, Honor, Country” certainly inspires gratitude in us all for the men and women who so unselfishly choose to study here to better prepare themselves to defend the freedom we enjoy. In addition to describing the impressive campus on a bluff over looking the Hudson River, he peppered in stories from his undergraduate days. His love for his alma mater, fellow students (now life friends of 30 plus years), and preparation for service was evident.
Our family is fortunate that my Dad returned to us from his service in the Korean War and my brother-in-law is enjoying a second career after his tour of duty with the Army was completed. My prayers are ongoing for the loved ones and communities whose soldiers will not be returning. My husband asked if I might consider the words of Christ Jesus for my Memorial Day column, “Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
It is a time for tribute to our servicemen and women who have felt and followed that great love in serving and preserving these United States.