This painting by Norman Rockwell graced the cover of The Saturday Evening Post on March 13, 1943. Titled "Freedom from Fear," it's a powerful reminder of why our service men and women do what they do.
Today is Memorial Day. For many of us it's a holiday from work or school, the official kick-off of summer, a day to do this . . .
or this . . .
of maybe just this.
Whatever we do today, let's remember that our freedoms have been purchased at the cost of great sacrifice. We can do this . . .
And this . . .And, yes, even this . . .
Because generations of brave men and women have been willing to do this . . .
No matter how we spend the day, let's take some time to get down on our knees and thank God for the thousands who've laid down their lives so we can laugh with our friends, go to the prom, cook out, or nap peacefully in the shade without cause for alarm.
And if we get a chance today, let's hug one of these . . .
and offer a word of comfort to families and friends missing loved ones who will never come home. And let's pray for their comrades still in the field. They do what they do for you, for me . . .
and for freedom.