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Memorial Day, 2008

by on May.19, 2008, under Hope

It was a haunting sound, carried by the wind and seemed to float around those of us gathered there. The lone bugler sounding Taps has been the aural recognition for a person’s military service from a grateful nation.

At age 88, he had led a good life by earthly standards. His three year, all expenses paid excursion to Europe, as a Captain in the United States army earned him the right of this honor.

I have heard the mournful melody many times, including at the burial of my own parents, both of whom were veterans. Since the Civil War, that sound has marked the end of person’s physical existence. And every time I hear it, I cry. I cannot explain it, other than to say it stirs my heart, and I acknowledge that one who served to protect me has died.

Today men and women still choose to safeguard this country, fight its wars, and die in its service. And Taps will mark the occasion of their burial and the final honor from a grateful country.

I am also reminded that there is one who chose to come to an earthly world, fight the ultimate enemy and die for me. And now He sits at God’s right hand claiming me as His! Protecting me from the evil one.

This Memorial Day, we acknowledge those who served to our country and over whom Taps has been played. So also should we honor the One whose death allows us to claim victory over our enemy.

The place to start our recognition is knowing who that ultimate enemy is. It’s Satan. Isn’t it time we fight the enemy and stop sniping at our brothers? Isn’t it time to aim at the one whose intentions are to kill us. Instead of being consumed about those who may disagree with us?

What do you think?

Bill Brant

2 comments for this entry:

  1. Linda Heimel

    I appreciate the story about Taps and tears.

    A week ago tomorrow, we attended the beautiful military funeral of my beloved brother, Jerry Wendel New, a veteran of war, a retired Army officer. He is at rest in the lovely Sam Houston National Cemetery at San Antonio.

    Thank God, we can look forward to the promised resurrection, the best day of our lives. I wish to comfort the many who have heard that mournful sound described in that story, played for a loved one. Saying good-bye is hard, always harder than expected, probably. But we have a Savior Whose promises are such comfort to us. We know we can trust Him. Heaven will be empty as everyone there comes to take the faithful HOME!

    My best to each of you,
    Linda

  2. Bill

    Hi Linda:
    I have had the opportunity to see the cemetery in San Antonio and its solemn beauty is comforting.. As is the sound of Taps, especially if you come from a military as I do. Yet I still long for that “new song” we’ll hear and sing in Heaven as Jesus claims us as his own… For me that’s the most comforting.

    Bill Brant

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