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Summary: Here’s a Memorial Day Weekend sermon that incorporated the Passover story. It also includes a touching story of how a new battleship forged from sacrifices now serves to preserve our freedom!

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A Fitting Memorial!

Exodus 12:1-14

1 Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2"This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.

3Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ’On the tenth day of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household.

4And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man’s need you shall make your count for the lamb.

5Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats.

6Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight.

7And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it.

8Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

9Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire--its head with its legs and its entrails.

10You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire.

11And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the LORD’S Passover.

12For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.

13Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

14So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.

This is the Memorial Day Weekend!

Our cemeteries are decorated with flags and flowers.

Legion and VFW Posts are conducting special services.

Most people visit the cemeteries

to decorate the graves of loved ones

Memorial day started many years ago.

There are 2 main versions of how it got started.

In April 1863, in Columbus, Mississippi after decorating the graves of her two sons who served during the Civil War as Confederate soldiers, an elderly woman also decorated two mounds at the corner of the cemetery. An observer asked, “What are you doing? Those are the graves of two Union soldiers.” Her reply was, “I know. I also know that somewhere in the North, a mother or a young wife mourns for them as we do for ours.” This lady and others set in motion what became known as Memorial Day.

The custom of placing flowers on the graves of the war began on May 5, 1866 in Waterloo, New York, and Waterloo has been recognized by Congress as the official birthplace of Memorial Day. In 1868, General John A. Logan, then president of the Grand Army of the Republic, declared that May 30 would be a day to decorate with flowers the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion. After World War I the day was set aside to honor all of the American wars, and the custom was extended to pay homage to deceased relatives and friends, both military and civilian.


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