Memorial Day 2010 will be observed Monday. Americans will be remembering U.S. servicemen and women who have fallen while fighting their nation’s wars. Most of these people died in their 20s and 30s. Some were even as young as 18 or 19.
From a religious and/or spiritual perspective, in your opinion what does dying violently at such a young age do to one’s soul?
As a Marine Corps veteran with a grandson serving in Iraq, I become emotional when I think of those who have made the supreme sacrifice to preserve our freedoms and the freedoms of people in far-off lands. In the last century, only one nation in the world has been willing to lay down hundreds of thousands of lives and take no land in its victory.
We honor those who have served and pray for those now serving.
In a theological sense, our lives on this Earth are but a phase of our existence. Latter-day Saints believe we lived with our Heavenly Father before we came to this Earth, have entered the second phase of our existence through birth, and at death, “graduate” to the eternal realm where we will continue our pattern of growth.