Today the United States celebrates Memorial Day. This is the day on which we remember our fallen soldiers by honoring their lives and thanking their families for paying the ultimate price.
But what good does it do just to remember their lives? How empty and shallow and worldly are so many of today’s celebrations. How sad it is to see so many human beings forgetting that man is composed of both a material body and an immaterial soul. How purely naturalistic are so many men today, and how pitiful it is to hear such men attempt moving speeches. What does the materialist have to say on a day that commemorates departed men!?
Instead of the wishy-washy remembrance of fallen soldiers on this day, we should be praying for them. We must never lose sight of the fact that, although man’s material body may be rotting in his grave, his immaterial and immortal soul lives on. Each and every fallen member of our armed forces has an immortal soul that could be waiting for our prayers.
We should indulge these souls, because it is very probable that just a few years’ time could land us in exactly the same position.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen. May their souls, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.