Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 29, 2010
History and Purpose of Memorial Day
We set aside time in America each year to remember some of the important dates of our history. Tomorrow is one of those days: Memorial Day. On May 30, 1868, our country observed the first day memorializing those who had fallen in battle during the Civil War. It
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 10, 2010
William "Fighting Mac" McKenzie, WWI Chaplain Hero and Salvation Army Commander
Heroes from WWI, William “Fighting Mac” McKenzie (12/1869-26/7/1947)
Pstor Col Stringer reveiled the Australian Heros to us by his research, today I share it with you. Who are your personal heroes? Who do you look
MEMORIAL DAY: REMEMBER THE MARTYRS
It’s honorable and fitting this morning we remember the sacrifice of our nation’s great veterans, who gave their lives on battlefields abroad and here at home. By some estimates, nearly 1.3 million Americans have shed their blood and died for freedom’s cause.
Contributed by Larry Kettle on Sep 6, 2011
The title of the Labor Day Holiday always intrigued me as a child. "I asked my mother once why they called it 'Labor Day' if everybody just took off from work?" She
Contributed by Brad Henry on Sep 13, 2011
PERFECT DAY FOR EVIL
As I gave the opening prayer at Charlotte Motor Speedway to Honor 9/11, I met this man in a Fireman’s’ uniform with a New York accent. The Speedway had flown in three men who had been First Responders that day 10 years ago. This man gave me a chilling account of his day.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 4, 2012
LABOR DAY AND OUR DIVINE UNION
I’ve heard that Labor Day was first celebrated in Boston on Sept 5, 1882. It wasn’t until 1894 that it became a federal holiday. That was an effort encouraged by President Grover Cleveland to reconcile with the labor movement and prevent further violence.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 19, 2002
THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this
continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the
proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in
a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 19, 2002
I CAN'T ALWAYS REMEMBER EVERYTHING
Remembering is sometimes hard work. There were three old sisters who lived together. One sister got up to go to bed, and half way up the stairs she stopped and asked "was I going up or was I coming down"
One sister replied with a hint of aggravation, "you
Contributed by Melvin Newland on Jul 2, 2002
I heard a story that probably has more truth than fiction. It is about an employer who brought his employees in once a month for a pep talk. He would inform them of the future plans of the company, & try to excite them about their work so that they would be enthusiastic about what they were
Contributed by Kenneth Squires on Dec 28, 2002
The parents of a young soldier killed in action gave their church a gift of money as a memorial to their son. During the presentation service, the mother of another soldier whose son was overseas whispered to her husband, “Let’s give the same amount for our son.” “What’s the matter with you?” he
Contributed by Gary Kins on Feb 7, 2003
St. Valentine - Valentinus -- Christian martyr, c270 A.D. --
"Valentine was the name of a young man who lived in Rome during reign of Claudius II when Christians were being persecuted. Although he was not a Christian, he helped them, but he was caught and put into prison. In prison he became a
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 19, 2003
Of the 16.5 million soldiers who served in WWII there are only 5 million left & their number is decreasing at the rate of 1,100 a day.
This is a tremendous loss because others will never know what WWII was about from a
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on May 26, 2008
Wikipedia tells us this about Memorial Day:
"Memorial Day is a United States Federal Holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May (observed in 2008 on May 26). It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their
Contributed by David Whitten on May 28, 2002
“Memorial Day is an official holiday in most states of the United States. It was observed on May 30 until 1971, when for federal employees,, the date was changed to the last Monday in May. With the exception of Louisiana, all states observing Memorial Day adopted the change. It is also known as
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 4, 2002
THE ORIGINS OF VETERANS DAY
In 1921, an unknown World War I American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. This site, on a hillside overlooking the Potomac River and the city of Washington, became the focal point of reverence for America’s veterans.
Similar ceremonies occurred
Lately I have become concerned about the people I represent. I no longer see the Pride in your eyes that I once seen when I traveled down your streets in the Veterans Day parades and on the 4th of July. The people that once saluted me and those that held their hand over their heart
Contributed by Jim Kane on Feb 27, 2010
In January 1941, when the flames of war were consuming Europe and the Far East, President Roosevelt addressed Congress. In that address, he said some things about freedom that has echoed down through the years.
The address, now known as the "Four Freedoms" address, contained
Contributed by Bill Harper on Jan 23, 2001
A woman named Dawn McKnight wrote a letter to the editor of the Birmingham News. She said:
My 14 year old son and I were recently running an errand and saw a sight that made me sick to my stomach.
As we were going through a drive-through window at a bank, my son observed that in a pile of trash
Contributed by Mark Hensley on Sep 14, 2001
Until TuesdaySeptember 11th, the bloodiest day in U.S. history was Sept. 17, 1862, when about 4,700 Union and Confederate soldiers died in the Civil War battle of Antietam. Pearl Harbor killed 2,388 Americans, and
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 16, 2001
Chuck Swindoll writes: "I recall, as a little barefoot boy with a cowlick of snow-white hair on my forehead, standing erect in my classroom and repeating the "Pledge of Allegiance" one Thanksgiving season. Our nation was at war and times were hard. My teacher had lost her husband on