by Jerry Watts

Let Us Never Forget
Jerry Watts
Hebrews 12:1-3

• (VIDEO - "For Freedom A Memorial Day Tribute) The last phrase gives us divine direction, "We set aside our differences to remember, to honor, and to thank those who have given everything that we might be free."

• Over a million people have died that you and I, as Americans, might be free. During The Civil War over 625,000 soldiers died. In World War One, 116,000 American soldiers died. In World War Two, 407,000 American soldiers died. 54,000 American soldiers died in Korea, 58,000 died in Vietnam, 148 died during Desert Storm. As of May 21, 2008 there were 4,079 American Soldiers that have died in Iraq. Of course there were conflicts and causalities as well. More than a million Americans have died in wars around the world fighting for the freedom that we enjoy in this country. Freedom is never free. Someone, somewhere, at sometime, purchased any freedom that we possess; and the price of freedom is usually "innocent blood."

• Too often it would seem that we tend to forget. We forget how good we have it, we forget what it took to buy our civil freedom, we forget that with freedom comes responsibility (or a word we do not like - "DUTY"), and we even forget the cost of our very soul.

• On this Memorial Day, I call us to this; "Let Us Never Forget." (text)

• Taking this text, let's come to grips with 5 simple ways to never forget. To not forget requires us to pay attention by looking at and for the right things.

1. Let us never forget to look back - It would serve us well as a nation to look back in real time to remember the passion of the men and women who gave their lives in defense of this nation. Having been a pastor in a military community, I can say with some certainty, that these men and women possess a fresh love and passion for this nation which seems to be taken for granted on Main Street. When we look back at our history, we discover the hurt, pain, and even emptiness, endured by fam ...

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