A recent revelation that is very disturbing about that helicopter being shot down involves political correctness in the initial memorial service for the dead -- the 38 dead, including Aaron and 29 other Americans, and eight Afghanis.

On May 9, 2013, Larry Klayman, president of FreedomWatch, held a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Billy and Karen Vaughn were among the speakers.

The press conference revealed the disturbing news that the imam our military chose to honor the fallen (in August 2011 in Afghanistan), speaking in Arabic, condemned the American soldiers as “sinners and infidels who are fodder for the hell fire.” Thankfully, it is Jesus that has the final word on those matters. But must our military go down the path of political correctness?

I remember seeing a poignant political cartoon related to Memorial Day. It shows a man firing up his grill and going through his checklist of various items. It went along these lines: “Let’s see. I’ve got the hamburgers, the hot dogs, the buns, am I forgetting anything…?”

Arising out of the grill is the smoke, and in the smoke are the faces of fallen soldiers, men and women, who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation’s freedom.

Freedom is not free, and it’s worth remembering that at Memorial Day, as well as all year round.

Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is co-host of Truth that Transforms and a spokesperson for Truth in Action Ministries. He has also written or co-written 23 books, including The Book That Made America: How the Bible Formed Our Nation and (with D. James Kennedy) What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?

Publication date: May 24, 2013