Summer has arrived! Graduations are celebrated, schools are out, and vacations have begun. To kick it all off we celebrate Memorial Day. I realize that some may conclude that the purpose of Memorial Day is to help us “memorialize” the arrival of summer.
Of course, that is not the case at all. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. While several cities and towns vie for the honor of celebrating the first Memorial Day, one thing is for sure, the origin of Memorial Day is the result of The Civil War and a desire to honor our dead.
This weekend some will find their way to the cemeteries for the purpose of, as proclaimed by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. dated 5 May 1868: “strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.”
Over the years, this observance includes decorating the graves of all men and women who died in any war or military action. In addition, we often take the time to remember and honor our loved ones who have died.
This Sunday morning at The Ridge Church, we will remember those friends, family, and church members who have died during 2016.
I hope you will find time to attend Sunday as we honor those who have gone before us and as we worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.”
We Labor Together With God, Wes