Freedom Isn’t Free
The statement on the wall of the reflecting pond at Korean memorial really says it all … Freedom Isn’t Free! A price has been paid somewhere!
As we come into the Easter weekend, and we celebrate the extravagant love of our Savior through his death and resurrection it is an amazing time to be in Washington, D.C.!
Getting to participate in the Wreath Laying Ceremony is an incredible honor! Our four students represented well. Watching the precision and the dedication of the Tomb Guard sentinels inspired and challenged us all. Sentinels, all volunteers, are considered to be the best of the elite 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), headquartered at Fort Myer, Va. http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Explore-the-Cemetery/Changing-of-the-Guard (To read more about their dedication – honoring the unknown soldiers!
Okay, back to what I was saying… If only we, as lovers of Christ put that much dedication and passion into our relationship with Christ and making his name known – to glorify God with everything we say or do! I want to be like that! And I pray that these things we are experiencing will challenge our students to want to be like that as well!
After our wreath laying ceremony at 11:15am EST… we then went to Lee’s house and toured … then to the JFK eternal flame … then we had the sweetest privilege and going to the gravesite of Max Gallop’s grandfather George Duncan de Haas! Mr. Smith read Mr. de Hass’ information which by the way was so amazing … we prayed then made our way out to leave and were caught by 2 funerals. So sobering!
Several people were saying, “I just want to go somewhere and cry!” “I don’t think my heart can take anymore!”
We had a very late lunch but when you’re surrendered by 1,000’s of grave markers of men and women who suffered much more than a late lunch, you just really didn’t feel like you could even complain! It just wasn’t right to!
We rested about an hour or so and then headed back out to the National Mall and visited the Vietnam wall. We had a few name rubbings from the Vietnam Wall and that’s pretty sobering as well! The Vietnam Women’s Memorial, the Vietnam Soldiers Memorial, The 5 branches Flag pole, The Korean Memorial, The Lincoln Memorial (This is where we read the 2nd Inaugural Address and then break up into our prayer teams and pray for one another! It’s a pretty cool time) Then we headed over to the WWII Memorial and then headed home!
As we headed back to the Smithsonian we prayer-walked for the Sunday Sunrise Easter Service that’s going to be held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial! I love that the story of Hope is going to be shared on the National Mall. Christ died for our sins and gives us freedom from eternal death to eternal life. How wonderful is that? But that freedom came at the cost of his life … Freedom Isn’t Free!
It was a long day and our evening snacks had worn off. All the restaurants close early in the area of our hotel. So it was a grocery store run and a sandwich/cookie/chips kind of night!
It was waaay too late to debrief – we’ll catch that up tomorrow!
In the morning it’s a Capital Tour and after lunch is the Holocaust Museum Tour! It’s going to be another amazing Day!
I’ll see if I can figure out how to post some pictures on this sight for you because I’ve got some great ones!
It’s too late to be trying to think clearly… If something doesn’t make sense… I apologize,