This is a day we pause to remember the sacrifices that have been laid down for us in order that we can be free. It is because of the incredible sacrifices of those who have come before that the United States of America is a place where we are free to live up to our full God-given potential. Most of us try every day to reach that potential and make the most of what God has bestowed upon us–and every day we fail. Sometimes we fail in small ways, other times in some pretty big ways. When we fail, we get back up, dust ourselves off, and try again. We can only hope to get just a little closer every day to realizing the potential in the incredible gifts we have been given by our Father in Heaven.
Speaking personally, I’m not given to “hero worship,” because I know how quickly a human hero can let you down. That said, Memorial Day is a day I always remember my grandfather, Claude Smith, Jr., who we always knew as “Gran