Next Monday will be Memorial Day and we are planning a special service at our local cemetery to honor those who have given their lives in war for our country.
It was originally called Decoration Day and started after the American Civil War. In 1886, May 30 was designated as the day to honor them but in 1971, it was changed to the last Monday of May. Flowers or wreaths were placed on the graves of loved ones and then finally to any soldier that had given their life while serving.
We celebrate it nationally by the placing of a wreath on the grave of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC at 3 p.m., Eastern Time.
Flags will be flown at half-mast from dawn until noon and small flags or red flowers will be placed on the graves. Many wear a red poppy that day to honor them. I overheard someone say that, “the color of freedom is red”.
I was given many rights and privileges and enjoy many freedoms because of those who died for our country. I also enjoy many spiritual blessings now and look forward to a wonderful future because of the one who died on the cross many years ago.
It is Jesus Christ, (John 3:16, Romans 5:8, Revelation 5:9 & 10). Let us not forget those who served and sacrificed for us and pray for those serving today.
See you in Church next Sunday.