Summary: On Memorial Day we 1-Mourn the Loss 2-Remember the Lives 3-Are thankful for the Sacrifice
What is the history of Memorial Day?
“Memorial Day is an official holiday in 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. It is also known as Decoration Day.
The custom of placing flowers on the graves of the war began on May 5, 1866, in Waterloo, NY, and Waterloo has been recognized by Congress as the official birthplace of Memorial Day.
In 1868, Gen. John Logan, then president of the Grand Army of the Republic, declared that May 30 would be a day to decorate the graves of comrades with “flowers who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion.”
After World War I the day was set aside to honor all Americans who died in wars, then the custom was extended to pay tribute to deceased relatives and friends, both military and civilian.
The most solemn ceremony conducted on Memorial Day is the placing of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns located in Arlington national Cemetery.
Today we celebrate this day.
Many people see it as just a day off; a 3 day weekend. A reason to cook out and invite friends over, But for those who have lost someone because of war or military action, it means much more than a day off.
In fact, every American ought to recognize this day and honor those who gave their lives to make America what it is today—
free, strong, and a nation worth fighting for.
Because men have died for this country, we have the right to preach God’s word freely.
We have the right to live at peace in our own homes.
We have the right to pursue peace, prosperity and happiness.
We need to thank God for those who died to make us free.
On Memorial Day we
1-Mourn the Loss
2-Remember the Lives
3-Are thankful for the Sacrifice
As we prepare today to remember those who died for our country, it is important to remember the one who died to set us free from our sins.
Jesus fought the armies of Hell so that we might have liberty in his name.
Every week is a celebration of the Memorial of Christ.
Every Sunday is a memorial day for the Christian
In light of Christ’s battle, let’s take a closer look at our memorial in Him as we recognize the likeness of our celebration of our military.
On Memorial Day we Mourn the Loss
Mt 18:12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?
Mt 18:13 And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.
Mt 18:14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.
As we mourn the loss of Christ, we realize that we are the guilty ones. And know that if there only be one sinner who was lost, He still would have died. His love is that great.
On Memorial Day we: Remember the Lives
On the Road to Emmaus
Lk 24:13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem.