On the Ground with Samaritan's Purse

On the Ground with Samaritan's Purse

Memorial Day: Reflection and Pride

May 27, 2022

Samaritan's Purse Lodge Alaska

Kristy Graham interviews Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. Boykin to reflect on the importance of the sacrifice and honor of the men and women who paid the ultimate price in service to our country.


Listen to the 2021 Memorial Day episode to reflect and remember the names of service members who died defending our freedom.

Listen to Kristy’s conversation with Lisa Hallett, whose husband was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.

– Honor the fallen this year by participating in Wear Blue Run to Remember.

– Download a special Memorial Day Scripture card.

– Learn more about Operation Heal Our Patriots.

Show Notes

In honor of Memorial Day, Kristy Graham sits down with Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. Boykin to honor and remember the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States. Having spent 36 years in the army, Lt. Gen. Boykin knows this loss personally, and he shares what Memorial Day means to him. Boykin currently serves as Family Research Council’s Executive Vice President. He is also a ministry partner who has been a part of Operation Heal Our Patriots since the beginning.

Memorial Day is a day to reflect on sacrifice. Lt. Gen. Boykin challenges listeners to reflect and honor those who gave their lives defending our freedom.

Lt. Gen. Boykin shared that he had to find his identity in Christ—not in his military uniform—in order to truly heal from the wounds of war. Despite this, he never wants to forget the men and women who lost their lives. He credits his ability to balance these two things on his deep faith in Christ.

He said, “As Americans, we should be proud. On Memorial Day, it is a day for reflections and pride.”

Kristy asks Lt. Gen. Boykin to introduce listeners to some of the men and women that he served with. He shares a story of bravery that illustrates the heart of the military to protect their battle buddies as they defend America’s freedom. Then he shares ways to intentionally pray for those who have lost family members.

“My prayer is that America will recognize their sacrifice and be proud,” Boykin shared.

Scripture Referenced:
  • Proverbs 3:5-6
  • John 15:13
  • Psalm 61:1-4
  • Psalm 62:5
  • Ephesians 2:4-8