13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
Memorial Day is a time of remembrance of men and women who served honorably in defense of our nation. Some were drafted, some volunteered to do the job they were assigned to the best of their ability. Active duty personnel, departed soldiers and veterans deserve honor and praise for going to battle for those they knew and ones not known. They put their lives at risk for citizens who vote and those that shirk their responsibility, those that take advantage of the educational system available in America and those who refuse to apply themselves, those who have never seen the inside of a prison cell and those who spent the majority of their adult years incarcerated. The list could go on covering the diversity that is America. Their pledge is to protect the entirety of the nation. Each person enlisting in an armed force takes the following oath:
"I, (state name of enlistee), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform. So help me God."
Soldiers always give something of themselves in service to their country. Some give time away from their family, some give piece of mind living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, some give up parental responsibilities during unaccompanied tours, some give up use of their limbs, loss of an organ or loss of normal skin, replaced by grafts and keloid scars. Then there are some that give their lives. What greater love than to give your life for friend and country. Remember today, that all gave some and some gave all.