When I think of Memorial Day...only one thing comes to my mind. Ricky Nelson.
I didn't really know Ricky Nelson well, but I know his family. On April 14th, 2008, at the age of 23...Ricky was killed in Iraq. He was newly married...his wife became a widow. His parents lost their son. His 5 brothers and 1 sister lost their brother. Many lost an amazing friend. He was so many things to so many people...and they lost him. Thankfully he is not lost forever, because of our hope in Jesus Christ, we will see him again one day.
Exactly one month from Ricky's death, my husband came home from Iraq.
One year later, our 4th child was born.
One year after that, on Memorial Day weekend, our family placed a flag at Ricky's grave.
Because of their sacrifice, we have freedom...and it is NOT FREE. So on this Memorial Day, I WILL enjoy my children and my day...and I will remember their sacrifice.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13
Rest in Peace, Ricky, you will never be forgotten.