My childhood memories include Memorial Day activities- the most vivid is being a junior high student, marching in the yearly parade, and ending at the cemetery. A small crowd would gather as a speaker paid tribute to those family and friends who had died serving our country. This ceremony and celebration meant more to me since I knew of causalities from the Vietnam War; I think most people in that era knew of someone affected by this war.
But, for most of us, Memorial Day activities are centered around picnics, cookouts with family and friends, or other outdoor activities. This holiday seems to be the start of summer- even though summer doesn’t officially begin until later in June.
”For love of country they accepted death… “ James A. Garfield
So, what’s the relationship between men and women who lost their lives serving our country and trying a new recipe on the grill? This is just my opinion, but I think the people who serve in the military do/did it so the rest of us can go on with our ordinary lives. I think they made this sacrifice so we can do things like gather with family and friends and many other freedoms without fear or worry. The thought of the sacrifice other’s make and have made for me is humbling…..
How will you spend Memorial Day weekend? Why don’t you invite family and friends over for a cookout? Decorate with red, white, and blue to honor and celebrate the colors of the USA and freedoms fought for and protected by the military. Or, check in your area to see if there is a parade or event you could take your children or grandchildren to celebrate. This will naturally bring up the opportunity to discuss the Memorial Day holiday with them. Maybe you are using this time for a vacation- there are many amazing places to visit. Take time to thank and pray for those who are currently serving or served our country to preserve these places for us to freely enjoy.
Here’s a little Memorial Day trivia as stated in WIkipedia:
“On Memorial Day the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.”
This Memorial Day, I hope you will join me in thanking our military- those living today, as well as those who died sacrificially serving us. Take a moment to share in the comment section below someone you would like to honor this Memorial Day.