Memorial Day is observed every year on the last Monday of May. Today marks that day for 2020.
The day began in the 19th century as Decoration Day, a day to decorate graves with flowers and flags for the fallen soldiers of the Civil War. Shortly after the first few years of observing Decoration Day, for many, the day became known for remembering all who died during or because of military service from any period of time. In 1967, Decoration Day was officially renamed Memorial Day.
Not Veterans Day
Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day. Veterans Day is observed for all military veterans (those who died during or because of military service, and those who did not). Veterans Day takes place on November 11th.
Give Thanks to The Fallen
Romans 13:7 reads, “Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.”
As Christians, we are to pay respect and honor to those that have earned respect and honor. As Christians in America, those who gave their lives for our freedom, our country, and us, certainly deserve respect and honor.
Whether it is taking a moment of silence, visiting a cemetery, gathering with family and friends in celebration, reaching out to family and friends who lost a loved one through military service, making a financial donation, and/or becoming more educated/aware by learning about those who made the ultimate sacrifice and learning about Memorial Day traditions – pay your respects.
Give Thanks to The Risen
Mark 16:6 reads, “‘Don’t be alarmed,’ he said. ‘You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.'”
Jesus is alive, Jesus is on the throne, Jesus is in control, and Jesus gave us those who gave their lives. Yes, we are to give thanks for those who gave their lives through and because of military service, but we are also to thank our God who gave us these courageous men and women.
Jesus is the one who placed the desire of service in those who placed themselves in positions to serve. God created each of us uniquely, and that means some people were created with a unique bravery that is willing/prone to say, “I am willing to die for you,” and sometimes, these people follow through on that promise by giving their lives for freedom, America, and Americans.
Thank God for giving us such individuals and empowering them to be so selfless.
The Fallen Will Rise
John 11:25-26 reads, “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?'”
I have faith that those in Christ who gave their lives through and because of military service will be raised from the dead, do you? Let your hope in this reality shine today! Take a moment (or the time you need) to grieve, but then, wipe away the tears and confidently remember that you will see them again through teary eyes, although when that happens, your eyes will be full of tears of joy. Remember the deaths of the fallen, but also remember that the fallen will rise!