DAILY UPDATE: by TONY COOPER
This Year-Put the “Memorial” Back in Memorial Day
On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember the stewardship of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, and laid down their lives defending our freedom. As we read in the Gospel of John, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Memorial Day is a legal holiday that used to be known as Decoration Day. It was proclaimed annually by the president to honor U.S. citizens who have died in war. Since 1950, by congressional request, the day is also set aside to pray for permanent peace.
This year, flags fly at half-staff not just on Memorial Day but every day, to remember those who have died of COVID-19. There will be no Indy 500 this May, and no parades or festivals. This is a perfect time to put the memorial back in Memorial Day. Be sure to take time to remember those who have fallen in service of the USA. Remember those who have died protecting the freedoms we enjoy. And especially give thanks to God for allowing us to live in a nation of freedom.
God has blessed us and our country abundantly with many gifts. Our very life is a gift from God. We have the opportunity to become whatever we want to be. We have the freedom to live and worship as we please.
Even though the usual Memorial Day activities are canceled this year, here are some ways to remember those brave Americans who have died serving the USA: visit a local cemetery to decorate the graves of veterans and family members, raise your American and POW/MIA flags, or log on to the Crown Hill Cemetery
Website to watch “Honoring the Courage of Heroes” at Link to Honoring the Courage of Heros
This year, let us pray for peace, as well as an end to the Coronavirus pandemic. May the Lord continue to bless the families of our service men and women.
Tony Cooper-Stewardship and Development