In my family, my Great, Great Grandfather, Cpl. Henry J. Bridges, joined the Union Army and fought in the Knoxville campaign, a series of small battles in East Tennessee important for keeping Confederate Gen. James Longstreet tied up and unable to reinforce Gen. Braxton Bragg at the Battle of Chattanooga. My Great, Great Grandfather died, not in battle, but of cholera in winter quarters following the campaign on January 7, 1864. In the Civil War more soldiers died of disease than from battle wounds.
I’m sure many church members have similar stories from their past, soldiers and sailors who died preserving this country from destruction, without and within. It was their blood sacrifice that has kept the United States the greatest and most remarkable nation in human history.
That is why we celebrate Memorial Day.