This weekend, in the United States of America, we give attention to sacrifice. Jesus said that there is no greater sacrifice than one to lay down his life for a friend. Decoration Day began in the aftermath of the Civil War. No war in our country before or since had so thoroughly impacted our nation in the cost of human life. More American lives were lost in that war than in World Wars I and II combined. In 1868 people were encouraged to decorate the graves of those lost in this terrible conflict. Later, after World War I the practice was expanded to honor those who had died in all wars and the observance took the name of Memorial Day.
As long as evil is in the world there will be the need to defend against it. The brave men and women of our armed forces today stand guard against those who would be a threat to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Already in this year, lives have been lost in this service.