Why is Memorial Day Important

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Written by Robert McCready - Covenant Faculty 

Given the opportunity to express the importance of Memorial Day, Coach Robert McCready shares his remarkable answer. 

Thank you for this opportunity. It's a very good question, Why is Memorial Day important.

I will often get calls from friends who want to honor my service and wishing me a happy Memorial Day. Actually, it has absolutely nothing to do with me whether I served 30 days or 30 years. Nor does it matter if I was on the Forward Edge of the Battle Area or sitting at a desk back in America.

Memorial Day is for those heroes whose lives were ended on the field of battle defending the rights of free men everywhere. Ultimately they were fighting for each other. Jesus said it best: "Greater love hath no man than to give his life for another."

Last Sunday the State of Georgia honored 62 Viet Nam veterans from Walton County. We were presented with a Certificate of Honor. It was a nice gesture but all I could think of was L/Cpl Reed, Sgt Unger, and many others who were killed in action with me, while I came home to my life and family.  

At one point in my career, I had the occasion to make casualty calls to the parents of young Marines that were KIA and it is probably the saddest thing in the world to look at a mom and tell her her son is dead.  

Memorial day is for those great people too.

Thank you again.

Shakespeare too had it right:  "We few, we merry few.  We band of Brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me is my brother.  Be he ner so vile, today will gentle his condition."