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How to Celebrate Memorial Day This Year

by Greg Laurie on May 31, 2021

Memorial Day 2021 is a big day for everyone. Of course, it’s a day off, and it’s the unofficial start of the summer season. But it’s also significant this year because things are loosening up in most parts of the country. We’re able to get out again—we’re able to meet in groups and fire up the barbecues.

Plus, and most importantly, we’re able to meet in churches and gather for worship. So I hope you’re enjoying this time with friends and family. But in the midst of all these great things, let’s not forget the actual purpose of Memorial Day: it’s a day for us to remember and to give thanks.

Today we remember those who have laid their life down in service to this country. They’ve fought for us, and what an amazing sacrifice it is that they’ve made.

I know for some, this day is personal and a time of deep sadness, as they remember a loved one who has made this great sacrifice, fighting for our nation.

These courageous soldiers gave their lives for what I believe is the greatest country on the face of the earth: The United States of America.

As a result, we enjoy freedom and liberty. We have the freedom to speak our minds and, in our case, the freedom to proclaim the gospel. And so we ought to give thanks for those who have served us in uniform and made the supreme sacrifice.

Jesus said to His disciples: “Greater love has no one than this than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).

Happy Memorial Day!

Read more of my thoughts in my new article, “No Greater Love Than This—A Memorial Day Reflection.”

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