3,000,000. If Google is correct, this is the approximate number of American Soldiers who have died in service to this great country. These are the ones we honor on Memorial Day.
Now this may shock you, but listen carefully. The sacrifices of these great heroes were not made in defense of our freedoms. In their Oath of Enlistment, every American soldier swears to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and to bear faith and allegiance to the same. You see their great sacrifice was made for a document. Oh, but what a document it is.
In its preamble we read that the Constitution was ordained and established in “Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common Defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” So yes they did die for our freedom because they died defending the Constitution and the Constitution secures our Blessings of Liberty.
Now consider this. The Constitution is not the source of your rights, no it only secures them. When we read about “the Blessings of Liberty,” we must understand that blessings can only come from a Gracious God. In the Declaration of Independence we find these words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” This truth is evident. Our rights are declared by the Declaration of Independence, secured by the Constitution of the United States but they are given to us by our Creator and God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
On Memorial Day I pledge to remember and honor over 3,000,000 great men and women who sacrificed greatly in defense of the Constitution and for my Blessings of Liberty. Also because I am free, I will never stop glorifying my God and Savior Jesus Christ. He has given me the Rights of Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness which is found in the Hope and Promise of Eternal Life.
Douglas & Deborah Huff
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