Memorial Day is a special weekend in the life of our nation. It is a time to remember those who have made the sacrifice for us so that we can have the liberty we enjoy today. Such a spirit of sacrifice also calls to mind the eternal sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross. On this Memorial Day weekend, we honor Jesus as we give thanks for those who have gone before us. On this Memorial Day weekend, Ken Harrison, Chairman of Promise Keepers, gives this encouragement:
Jesus said, "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13). This Memorial Day, we remember the brave soldiers who fell in death and left us standing. As someone who took the pledge to protect my country with my life, this day packs far more meaning than simply the memories to be made on a fun day with friends and family. Harry Truman said, "Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude." This holiday is, in short, a day to show profound gratitude.
I often visit my grandfather's burial place at Arlington National Cemetery where he was buried after serving in WWI. What staggers the mind and tugs at the heart when visiting a military cemetery are the rows upon rows of markers, each representing the individual life of a person who was made in the very image of God and who gave up their breath and blood for their love of country. Let us always remember their bravery and sacrifice with gratitude."
Founded in 1990 by Coach Bill McCartney, Promise Keepers is one of the most significant movements of God in the history of the church. In 1997 alone, Promise Keepers packed 22 NFL stadiums and gathered 1 million men for Stand in the Gap: A Sacred Assembly of Men at the National Mall in the District of Columbia. The organization's mission is to empower men to live out their God-given identity and purpose today and destiny tomorrow by serving their homes, workplaces and communities with integrity and influence.