Memorial Day is much more than a three-day weekend that marks the beginning of summer. To many people, especially the nation's thousands of combat veterans, this day, which has a history stretching back all the way to the Civil War, is an important reminder of those who died in the service of their country.
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. Decoration Day was first observed on May 30, 1868 and it was on this day that graves of the fallen Union soldiers were decorated with flowers, wreaths and flags to pay tributes to their dedicated service in defense of their country. General James Garfield, a lay pastor in the Disciples of Christ church and destined to become our nation’s 20th President delivered a speech at Arlington National Cemetery.
Legend has it that a strong wind came up during the ceremony and blew all of the flowers from the Union soldier’s graves onto the Confederate section of the cemetery. Never again were fallen soldiers segregated.
Enjoy today with barbecues and friends. I pray that God’s Spirit of unity will blow mightily in you today as we remember those who paid the price for the freedom we enjoy.
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