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Memorial Day Definition

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces.[1] The holiday is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May,. The holiday was held on May 30 from 1868 to 1970.
Began in 1865 to commemorate and remember those who died in the Civil war
Although decorating the graves of soldiers was a custom before then, it was here that it became National holiday, on the same day for the whole country
The Civil ware had been so severe that it seemed necessary to have a formal time to remember those who died it it.
over 750,000 soldiers from both sides died
By one estimate, the war claimed the lives of 10 percent of all Northern males 20–45 years old, and 30 percent of all Southern white males aged 18–40
More people died in the Civil War than in all other American Wars combined
As a side note, we should consider this: That we never do more damage in battle than when we battle ourselves
Think about that: Of all the wars that our nation has fought; the Revolutionary War, The War of 1812, The Quasi War (with France) The Mexican-American War, The Spanish-American War, The Korean War, WW 1 and 2, and so many others… Yet the Civil War cost more American lives than all these combined
If only we as Christians would remember this:
Mark 3:25 KJV 1900
25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
Mark 3:24–25 KJV 1900
24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
But if we are united, then there is nothing we cannot accomplish

Remember

It is good to remember those who have died for our freedom
Now we celebrate Memorial day not just to remember those who died in the Civil War, but in all of our Wars
Those who died in WW 2 fighting against Hitler and his terror, to Vietnam, and those who are still serving in Iraq and Afghanistan
We should not take a great freedom for granted, or fail to remember what it cost.
Doing so helps to keep us thankful.
Doing so also helps to keep us mindful of the cost of war, when we consider our fights
Remembering is a biblical : God commanded a memorial day when He led the people out of Egypt
Exodus 12:12–14 KJV 1900
12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. 13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. 14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.
In Deuteronomy He tells us to remember the days of old
Deuteronomy 32:7–9 KJV 1900
7 Remember the days of old, Consider the years of many generations: Ask thy father, and he will shew thee; Thy elders, and they will tell thee. 8 When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, When he separated the sons of Adam, He set the bounds of the people According to the number of the children of Israel. 9 For the Lord’s portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.
We should remember
He says to ask your father and he will show you
I think one of the failures of our society is we no longer expect our fathers to pass down the history and stories
We rely on schools and the government to do this for us
Yet,. we require them to sterilize the lessons of the passion of feeling and faith
But God commits this responsibility to the “father’s and the Elders”
I can still recall my Uncle Luther telling me stories of the civil war - there was passion, and feeling

We Should Remember the Cloud of Witnesses

Those of faith who have gone on before us.
Hebrews Chapter 11 lists a number of great Heroes of faith
Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Issac, Jacob, Moses, Samuel, David, Jephthae, The Porphets
Hebrews 11:32–40 KJV 1900
32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: 33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: 36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. 39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
We are reminded of those great feats that were accomplished for our good
Hebrews 11:20–40 KJV 1900
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. 21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. 22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones. 23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. 24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. 27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. 28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. 29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days. 31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace. 32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: 33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: 36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. 39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
And we are reminded of those who gave the ultimate price - and died in faith
We are reminded to remember them as witnesses
Hebrews 12:1 KJV 1900
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
They are not gone, but have gone on before us
Let us not be discouraged in our Christian race
We should remember the Christians that have gone on before us, the Apostles and disciples of the book of Acts

God also Remembers

Malachi 3:16–18 KJV 1900
16 Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: And the Lord hearkened, and heard it, And a book of remembrance was written before him For them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. 17 And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, In that day when I make up my jewels; And I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. 18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, Between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
Malach
You don’t have to give your life in a war, or be crucified or stoned
Just live your life as one who “fears the Lord” and speak of Him often one to another
You are in His book of Remembrance - you are
They will be mine - says the LORD.
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