Memorial Day Message: “…there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”

Hello America,

Imagine taking a walk from New York City to Chicago. That’s about an 800-mile trek, and it would take about two weeks of non-stop walking to complete it – a lot longer if you stopped to rest.

Now, imagine that all throughout your walk there were a continuous line of people standing shoulder to shoulder, one after another through the streets of New York City, into the back roads of New Jersey, over each rolling hill in Pennsylvania – people as far as the eye can see. It continues through Ohio and Indiana into Illinois. Finally, you arrive in Chicago after having walked past 1,321,612 people.

That’s a LOT of people. It also happens to be the same number of people who have died in combat while serving this country.

It’s sobering to think of all those faces. Each face has a story – a soldier whose life was cut down in its prime and likely left behind a spouse or a child or both. Most (625,000) died during the bloody, gruesome close quarter combat of the Civil War. Another 405,399 died in World War II, and 116,516 died in World War I. There have been many different wars, and they’ve stretched across many different eras, but one thing has remained constant: The amazing courage and willingness of the American soldier to lay down his or her own life for the cause of liberty.

It’s hard to put into words just how incredible a sacrifice that is. Jesus said there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Think about that for a second – no greater love. If you have lost a loved one in battle, you can rest a little easier knowing the life was not lost in vain. They may have left it all on the battle field, but these men and women have given the greatest gift a human can possibly give – their life – so we may live.

From the tattered, starving patriots who met their end battling the British during the American Revolution to the highly trained modern day soldiers who succumbed to barbaric terrorists in the Middle East, each and every fallen American soldier will forever share this incredible distinction and hold a special place of honor among all people who have benefited from their service.

Some of my critics like to point out that I shed a tear (or two) from time to time. There goes Beck, crying again! Well, I beg your pardon if I get a little emotional when I see individual liberties being revoked and freedom eroding. It is a direct slap in the face to all who died trying to preserve the freedoms we currently do enjoy. When liberty is carelessly tossed aside and discarded because some bureaucrat feels they can make us safer or make better decisions than the individual can, it’s an insult to the 1,321,612 incomparable American soldiers who gave their lives.

Today is Memorial Day. Let’s honor the fallen with hearts of gratitude and a spirit of awe, for they gave us the gift to which there is none greater. There’s no possible way to repay them or their families – but each and every one of us can do the next best thing: Dedicate our lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to preserving the freedom so many died to keep alive.

Laus Deo,

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  • R-WOOD

    No thanks !

  • Anonymous

    Well said Mr. beck!!! You know I was searching my heart this morning to find the proper words to share with some of my friends on FB when I had the thought that I should see what you had to say this morning. I could never have said it better, so im sharing your message instead. Thank you, and may God bless all the brave men and women in uniform in times of war and peace. I solute everyone one of you! THANK YOU!!

  • Anonymous

    @glennbeck and his entire network ignore #RollingThunder @theblaze Just another MSM network

  • Anonymous

    A Warriors Plea

    As I think about those who
    have paid with there lives to protect our Freedom. I wonder what they
    are thinking now as they watch us throwing it away with out much of a
    fight? I know many veterans are asking themselves DO THE AMERICAN
    PEOPLE WANT THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY SERVED OR ARE CURRENTLY SERVING.
    TO STAND BETWEEN THEM AND THOSE VIOLATING THEIR OATH! WHO HAVE NO
    RESPECT FOR THE PRINCIPLES THEY SENT OUR WARRIORS OVERSEAS TO FIGHT
    FOR? THEY IN KNOW WAY WILL START A CONFLICT OR REVOLT VIOLENTLY TO
    FORCE FREEDOM ON OTHERS. SO DO THE PEOPLE WANT OUR WARRIORS TO LEAVE
    THEM ON THEIR OWN TO DEFEND THEMSELVES FROM CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR BY
    THOSE IN GOVERNMENT? THIS IS THE PEAL OF EVERYONE I HEAR WHO TOOK
    THEIR OATH TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION SERIOUSLY!

    What would those who have
    sacrificed all say about our answer to that question?

    Why did we ask them to
    risk everything to protect those freedoms if we are so willing to
    just hand them over to buy us a few more months, or years of
    normalcy!

    Why do we take them from
    their families to fight for freedom all over the world and give away
    like we don’t value it as much as football or what ever our love is!

    Why do we expect them to
    come home and watch their country be over run by criminals
    masquerading as government officials?

    Why do so many think we
    have the right to force our will on our fellow Americans by a
    majority vote?

    SO if I get a majority to
    vote that we all have a right to do what ever we want to the
    politicians does that make it LEGAL?

    Why do we think we have
    the power to play GOD with the lives of our fellow Americans and
    others around the world?

    BECAUSE WHEN WE VIOLATE
    THE LIMITS ORDAINED BY THE CONSTITUTION WE ARE BREAKING GOD’S LAW AND
    THE SUPREME LAW OF OUR GOVERNMENT CONTRACT!

    So maybe we should rewrite
    the constitution to read as follows!

    WE THE PEOPLE IN ORDER TO
    FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION DO ORDAIN AND ESTABLISH THIS SET OF
    GUIDELINES FOR THE UNITED STATES ON SLAVERY!

    Article 1 We will
    establish 75,000 laws and regulations to ensure that everyone is a
    felon and thus only has rights until we can sort out the data from
    the nsa and make a case against you if you piss us off!

    ARTICLE 2 We will
    establish the NSA, FBI, EPA, TSA, IRS, BLM, FDA, BATF, and numerous
    other agencies to Suppress and abuse the people at their will to make
    sure you don’t piss off those in power at the time.

    Article 3 Our Corporate
    partners will force their product down your throat as they desire and
    if you resist or refuse to use them we will send someone from one of
    the a fore mentioned agencies to stick a gun in your face and force
    compliance or terminate you with extreme prejudice!

    Article 4 we will
    experiment on you and you children at will in every way to make sure
    we are getting what ever we want from you while preventing any
    ability for you to resist our will!

    Article 5 We will seize
    all resources and property and give you what we determine you need to
    fulfill our will!

    Article 5 YOU WILL WORSHIP
    THOSE IN POWER AS GODS FOR THAT THEY ARE AND YOU EXIST BY THEIR GOOD
    GRACES SO DON’T PISS US OFF!

    Well I think you get the
    picture and I wish this was a gross exaggeration of where we are in
    our nation today but it is only a mild exaggeration and one really
    major crisis away from reality!

    For those in politics who
    are conservative and fighting to stop this insanity in any meaningful
    way you had better start asking yourself. Who are you going to call
    when they come for you like they did the CONSERVATIVE GM DEALERS
    DURING THE FINANCIAL CRISIS!

    If you think they will
    give any quarter to those who they don;t like even if you betray us!
    Your a fool who has no clue about History and what these people have
    been planning for decades!

    IF YOU DON’T SUPPORT THOSE
    WILLING TO SERVE AGAIN HERE NOW THEY WON’T BE THERE WHEN YOU FINALLY
    REALIZE YOU WERE A FOOL!

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  • Anonymous

    Mr. Beck,
    A bit more (from another unworthy vessel).
    O’ Thee of Spirit and Thou of Fame,
    War not while using the Most Great Name
    Most foul your wars, most foul indeed.
    My Children die to feed your greed.
    O’Kings and Rulers, Merchants and Theifs,
    War not upon the Earth it brings but grief.
    There is a counting in the offing (what is your measure)

    Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. OhioGene, all honor belongs to the fallen.

  • Anonymous

    So also is it with those that fell not but held the day.

  • Anonymous

    That would be Veteran’s Day, November 11th that you are thinking of. Memorial Day is observed strictly for the fallen.

  • Anonymous

    The Greatest Generation did not all fall, yet soon they fade away (as generations do)…. Still will we will honor them long after (those that fell… and those that held the day but fell not and now return to God after the manner of Life).

  • Anonymous

    Wars would end if only men and women over the age of 50 could be drafted to serve.

  • Glenn Coughlin

    It angers me to read or listen to Glenn Coughlin when he talks about sacrifice and loyalty when he was too much of a coward to serve the United States.
    Glenn Coughlin is a coward.

  • Anonymous

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    Everytime we exceed the limits God ordained in the constitution others
    pay dearly and we eventually reap what we’ve Sown!
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  • Todd A Scheller

    So Mr. Coughlin, what branch did you serve with?

  • Andy Rojes

    Although collectivists tend to claim that society has been “designed”, those of the liberty school understand that civilization has resulted from the decisions and actions of innumerable individuals over long periods of time.

  • Glenn Coughlin

    USN

  • Anonymous

    I may be missing something, but, are you calling yourself a coward?? Read what you wrote.

    Glenn Coughlin • a day ago
    It angers me to read or listen to Glenn Coughlin when he talks about sacrifice and loyalty when he was too much of a coward to serve the United States.
    Glenn Coughlin is a coward

    Huh??

  • Anonymous

    From what he wrote, he said he was too much of a coward to serve the United States. Beats me what he’s talking about.

  • Todd A Scheller

    Then why state that you did not serve?