"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
(John 15:13 KJV)
"For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive."
(1 Corinthians 15:21- 22 KJV)
Since ancient times man has honored those who have died while fighting their enemies. Memorial Day is a day the United States Government has set aside to honor our veterans who have lost their lives during conflict.
The exact date that a special day was set aside to honor soldiers who died while fighting in any of the States before the Civil War is difficult to determine. But on 5 May 1868 General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, ordered that flowers be placed on May 30, 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery on all Union and Confederate soldiers' graves. And we do know that there were scattered ceremonies honoring the dead before the time of the Civil War. Nothing had been done on a National level to honor them annually but some states or cities in the Union and Confederate States had varying ceremonies to honor their dead soldiers.
After the Civil War, this collection of ceremonies became known as Decoration Day and honored soldiers of both the Union and the Confederate Armies. The 20th century ceremonies included honor for all military personnel in our country with speeches, flags, parades, visiting of graveyards, visiting of memorials, remembering past glories in military service and possibly potluck dinners after speeches. So Memorial Day now occurs at the beginning of summer although many of the activities once associated with Decoration Day have been discontinued.
A typical program for the Arlington National Cemetery might include: 1) Being on the last Monday in May, 2) the gravestones in Arlington Cemetery have been decorated with United States flags for the weekend, 3) speeches made by famous people about those killed in battle and a 21 gun salute. Today, Memorial Day is a national holiday for remembering the men and women that died while serving in the United States military and allowing us religious freedom.
Learn more about Our Awesome God by reading His Holy Bible, praying to Him and worshipping in a church which preaches and teaches the Holy Bible. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and 10:30 AM for Worship Service, then again at 6:00 PM for Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study along with a separate Women's Bible Study, a Spanish Bible Study and Youth Chapel until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill