Memorial Day

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, began as a way to honor the Civil War dead. It became an official federal holiday in 1971.

The United States has been involved in 13 wars in its relatively young history. In all this war-time combined, the U.S. has lost over 1.1 million soldiers.

Memorial Day and Veterans Day are often confused.

  • Veterans Day is November 11th and pays tribute to all American veterans – living or dead – but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.
  • Memorial Day honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle.

As Christians, we can honor those who have died in service to our country during war time in many ways. We do this by taking time to understand, appreciate and acknowledge their sacrifice.

“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” (John 15:12-14)

As you spend time with family and friends, maybe enjoy a cookout, take at least a few moments to acknowledge this ultimate sacrifice so many individuals made in the name of freedom. Let their sacrifice remind you of Christ’s sacrifice for our eternal freedom.

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