pixabay/Matt Sawyers

pixabay/Matt Sawyers

Here in America, we just recently observed Memorial Day 2015, a time to pause and ponder what it takes to build and preserve a great nation.

Through the sacrifice of time, family happiness, health, personal goals, and even treasure, the founding fathers of this great land produced one of the wonders of their time – a nation built for, of and by the people; a nation dedicated to the freedom of the individual, a government in service to the people, and powers moderated by a balance of responsibilities among administration, legislature and courts.

Gone were the days of the “divine right” of a monarch, the tyranny of a few over the masses. These principles were demonstrably based on teachings found in the Bible and the belief in a sovereign God. And the fledgling nation flourished, grew, and became great.

The Frenchman, Alexis de Tocqueville, came to America to tour the country, visiting the people and observing how things worked here, and how the people lived and conducted their lives. He would say, “America is great because America is good. When America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

We all know that sad and terrible things have happened here in the intervening years. Wars, Depressions, class clashes, natural disasters, to name a few, have caused heartache and trouble. Through it all though, America has been the shining city on a hill, coming to the aid of other countries in their time of need, and welcoming the down-trodden and the freedom-seekers of the world. So it is only fitting that we take a little time to think of the thousands of people over the years who have again and again given their all to come to aid of the helpless and to uphold the principles of right over wrong and freedom over tyranny.

To America, the land of the free and the home of the brave!