Memorial Day, the day to honor our Heroes, Past and Present.
Originally Memorial Day was called Decoration Day, and was designated as the day to remember those who have died in the service of the United States of America.
This day of remembrance was born out of the Civil War, a time of unbelievable death and destruction. The war ripped families apart as well as the nation.
In May, 1966, President Lyndon Johnson gave the honor to Waterloo, NY, as the birthplace of Memorial Day.
General John Logan issued General Order No. 11:
“The 30th of May 1968 is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of Comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion…”
They chose to call this day Decoration Day because it was not in honor of or on an anniversary of any particular battle.
On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery as they decorated the graves of 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.
That was Past and now is the Present. We still have men and women in uniform that are in harm’s way. We honor them today, for as we know, FREEDOM IS NOT FREE!
There is also a Memorial Day for all eternity.
Two thousand years ago, Jesus, the Son of God, invaded hell for our salvation.
Jesus gave His life for us! He took our place in the justice of God.
We must never forget that Jesus paid our sin debt. HIS LIFE FOR MINE!
Please be careful this holiday weekend as we remember together our Heroes, Past and Present.
You are loved! Thank you again for being faithful.
Pastor and Muzette