Memorial Day


The federal holiday, Memorial Day, is set on the last Monday of May. This event is used to remember those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

The place of origin is claimed by a number of communities and the debate continues. The time of origin is known to be soon after the American Civil War. Shortly after the Civil War families and communities began to place flowers on the graves of their fallen loved ones. The practice soon became known as Decoration Day which is an event continued in many southern communities.

It is the long-standing tradition for the President of the United States to place a wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day. Similar events will take place especially at Veteran’s Cemeteries around the nation. Moments of silence will be observed to memorialize the fallen; speeches will be given in honor of those who gave their all and parades will take place to enjoy the freedoms won by those who died in service.

Memorial Day is also the start of the summer vacation period. Many will spend their Memorial Day on the lake swimming, water skiing and grilling out with friends and family. The “lazy” days of summer have arrived: freedom from school; freedom from work; freedom from responsibilities.

Vacations and periods of relaxation are important and vital in our lives. Jesus and His apostles showed us through their lives that we must have times in our lives when we relax and refresh. But let us never allow the concepts and attitudes of the world into the church.

And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come (I Corinthians 11:24-26).

Americans can choose to celebrate or not celebrate Memorial Day. They may choose to observe Memorial Day as a very solemn occasion or they may choose to use the occasion as a time to frolic with friends and family. Either of these choices or a combination of these is acceptable when it comes to Memorial Day.

As Christians let us never feel that we have similar options when it comes to the Memorial Day of Christ. The first day of every week is the day on which we are to remember the death of Jesus Christ. The first day of the week is the Memorial Day commanded by God; the first day of the week is the Memorial Day in which God commands how we will celebrate; the first day of the week is the Memorial Day in which we have no options as to how we celebrate.

Let us remember the death of Christ as Christ desires us to remember.             




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