We need special days of remembrance such as Memorial Day because we too often forget important things. How easily the lessons of history seem to slip away and we repeat some of the same mistakes of yesterday. We cannot afford to ignore the sacrifices of those who helped win and preserve our precious freedom. Reminders and recurring observances help us to stay in touch with those things that made us who we are. We must always remember and give thanks for our land of peace. “The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace” (Psalm 29:11).