Saturday, May 24, 2008

A Memorial Day Rememberance.....

"Greater love has no one than this,
than to lay down his life for his friends."
~John 15:13~

(Bird Island, Destin, Florida)

In honor of Memorial Day, I will postpone announcing the Give Away Winner until tomorrow.

In the United States,
Memorial Day is on the last Monday in May
and honors Americans who gave their lives
for their country in wars.

The color red captures ones attention and it is a symbol of courage and sacrifice, as in blood spilled in the sacrifice and the courage it takes in the face of lethal danger. Our soldiers, both past and present, know the meaning of courage. The color red represents those who suffered death for their beliefs and their faith. In English heraldry, the color red denotes ardent affection or love, boldness, and enthusiasm. In Japan, red is a traditional color of a heroic figure. Red is one of the most common colors used on national flags throughout the world. On these flags it carries the same meanings which it does anywhere else: the blood, sacrifice, and courage of those who defended their country and the sacrifice of Christ's blood. These are the attributes of the American Soldier and these are the attributes of Christ.

In remembrance of those who have written the meaning of freedom in red I honor them with the following poem:

By: Sandy Babb
(Little Rock National Cemetery, where my father-in-law rests)

The meaning of freedom is written in red,

A bold reminder of the blood our soldiers shed.

These protectors of our great nation,

Deserve remembrance and celebration.

Brave and bold they must be,

To stand firm for life and pursuit of liberty.

Whether on foreign soil or homeland ground,

The brave ones are honor bound,

To protect and serve their people and nation,

With great strength and dedication.

On this day we salute their cause,

For all the freedoms that are ours.

Grateful and thankful ought we to be,

For those who fought to keep us free.

Because the meaning of freedom is written in red,

A bold reminder of the blood our soldiers shed.

(The cross in which I rest! photo source)

The words of Christ are written in red,

A bold reminder of the blood He shed.

Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith,

Bestowed upon us His great grace.

He who was present at the beginning of time,

Laid down His life for yours and mine.

He who could joy in the presence of God,

Became flesh and upon this earth did trod.

He was from the beginning focused on the end,

So that we could gain freedom from death and sin.

He is the Alpha and Omega, that first and last is He,

Eternally grateful ought we to be.

Daily should we rise in the presence of His grace,

And seek to shine for Him and bring a smile to His face.

For the words of Christ are written in red,

A bold reminder of the blood He shed.

With Heartfelt Gratitude,
Miss Sandy


Joanne Kennedy said...

That is a beautiful post!


Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Miss Sandy, this has simply blessed me to pieces today. Thank you so much!

Hope that you and your family are enjoying a wonderful holiday weekend.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I thank your father in law for his service.

Blessings to you and yours.

Lori said...

Beautiful post Miss Sandy

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hugs, Sherry

Cori G. said...

HI Miss Sandy,
What a beautiful poem. I love how you moved from the soldiers sacrifice to the sacrifice of Jesus.
Have a blessed Memorual Day!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Miss Sandy,

That was a beautiful post, dear friend.
xo Lidy

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