Remembrance Day – to some it’s merely just another day in the calendar and to others it’s a solemn day to remember those who have passed from this life. However, to the army veteran and to the families of fallen soldiers, Remembrance Day carries significance so deep that words cannot express their hearts.
Dress uniforms, rigid posture, and perfectly precisioned salutes represent the reverence and respect flowing from within. Those who have been personally affected by war understand and appreciate this day of remembrance.
The soldier who gave his or her life for the nation to enjoy life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness won’t be telling us how to observe the holiday. Their sacrifice follows the example of Jesus Christ laying down His life for our freedom. It’s selfless love for others – not so they can mourn forever, but live!
“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up His life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.” 1 John 3:16
Notice that in scripture and in military service, the willingness to give up one’s life is not dependent on the worthiness of the people who benefit from the honourable act. In a perfect world, all who receive freedom and grace would be worthy of such a sacrifice and full of gratitude. But that’s not the way it is anywhere on Earth or in Heaven.
“But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8
We are blessed to be living in a free nation. May we honour our soldiers for the freedom we have in this country. May we also give thanks to Almighty God for the freedom we have to spend eternity with Him because of His gift of forgiveness through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.