Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13)

For some, Memorial Day is simply the beginning of summer—a time for picnics and celebrating with family and friends. However, for others, there is a deeper meaning. Observed the last Monday in May, Memorial Day is a time for remembering those who died while serving in the U.S. military.

While there’s no way to repay these men and women or their families for the sacrifices they made, may we take time during our celebrations to remember the ultimate price they paid for the freedoms we enjoy today.

As we remember the sacrifice of those who died for our country, may we also be reminded of the sacrifice of Christ who willingly laid down His life for us.

A quote by an unknown author exemplifies these two important sacrifices made for everyone: Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you—Jesus Christ and the American soldier. One died for your soul. The other died for your freedom.

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