Remember Their Sacrifice

As we start this Memorial Day weekend, many people are heading out for the beach, planning barbecues, or gathering with family. Often, people just think of the Memorial Day weekend as just the start of summer, but it’s so much more. Memorial Day is the day we honor our military members who died while serving our country.

Recently, the VAU Fallen Heroes Memorial came to our area and I thought this would be a good time to share a few of the photos I took. The flag is made up of dog tags, each engraved with the name of a service member who died while serving during the Global War On Terror, September 11, 2001 to present.

If you’d like more information about this memorial, or to see if it’s coming to your area, please visit www.VetsAU.com.

Truck that carries the VAU Fallen Heroes Memorial. Inscribed with "Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13
Sign detailing the purpose and construction of the memorial, made of dog tags engraved with the names of the service members who died during the Global War On Terror
Front view of the flag
Side view of the memorial flag
Close-up view of some of the dog tags that the flag is made up of

Whenever I’m faced with the enormity of the sacrifice others have made to ensure our freedom, I’m reminded of this song by Phillips, Craig and Dean. It talks about not just the sacrifices our military members have made over the years, but also the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for us so many years ago:

Freedom’s Never Free

Standing on a hillside
Where the river meets the sea
White crosses without number
Line the fields of peace

And each one a silent witness
Staring back at me
Every cross a story
Of another place in time
Where young men thought it worthy
To give their life for mine
And for the sake of honor
Left their dreams behind

And for the price they paid
I’m forever in their debt
Their memory will not die
‘Cause I will not forget

I will stand and hold my head up high
I will dedicate my life
To the glory of the ones who had to die
I will live, live what I believe
If for no one else but me
I will remember
That freedom’s never free

It was on another hillside
Outside the city gates
The battle lines were drawn
As soldiers took their place

The Father watched in silence
As a cross was raised
With freedom drawing closer
He took His final breath
He drank our cup of guilt
And took the sting from death

Heaven’s Finest Soldier
Clothed in human flesh
And for the price He paid
I’m forever in His debt
The cross will never die
‘Cause I will not forget

I will stand and hold my head up high
I will dedicate my life
To the glory of the One who had to die
I will live, live what I believe
If for no one else but me
To remember that
Freedom’s Never Free

I will walk free
I will stay free
I will live free
I will die free!

Source: Musixmatch. Songwriters: Dave Clark / Dan Dean / Don Koch / Shawn Craig

You can check out their video for this song on YouTube:

As we go into this Memorial Day weekend, I pray that you’ll have a blessed time, no matter what you’re doing – and I hope you’ll take a moment to remember the sacrifices of those who have given their lives to protect our freedom.

Blessings,

~Terri

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Dog tags engraved with the names of military members who died while serving during the Global War on Terror, accompanied by Text: Remember Their Sacrifice

4 Comments

    1. Thank you so much Leigh! I feel as you do — it’s important to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend. Blessings to you!

  1. Loved this tribute Terri. You pay homage to all those that selflessly served to give us the freedom we have. I am proud to include my father and my uncles in their service to our country. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Thank you so much, Mark! And thanks to your father and uncles for their service. My Hubby and I always say we stand on the shoulders of those who went before us. If they hadn’t served, we wouldn’t have had the opportunity…. Blessings to you my friend!

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