Memorial Day is a time set aside for remembering.
I will confess that I often forget to remember. That may sound like an oxymoron, but it isn't really.
I find myself guilty of allowing Memorial Day to be just another day off work - - - a great day of rest from a busy schedule.
But it is so much more.
This morning in church, we built a flower arrangement of remembrance.
First those who served in the military were invited to come forward and place a rose in the vase. Others came forward to place a rose in remembrance of family members who gave their all in service to our country.
They were followed by people who placed a rose in honor of a family member currently serving our country.
I was proud to place a rose in honor of my nephew, David Birky, who pilots a Coast Guard rescue helicopter in Sitka, Alsaka.
Those who are actively serving in law enforcement were the next to place roses.
And finally, those who had lost a loved one this year and those who lead a nursing home ministry and have lost people in the past year rounded out the roses in the vase.
What a precious reminder of those who have gone before, paving the way.
And what a great way to honor those who still serve to ensure our liberty.
Remember, your freedom is not free.