Memorial Day is a Federal Holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the armed forces.
It originated as Decoration Day in 1868, after the Civil War.
By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.
It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in National Cemeteries.
Annual Decoration Days for particular cemeteries are held on a Sunday in late spring or early summer in some rural areas of the American South, notably in the mountain areas. In cases involving a family graveyard where remote ancestors as well as those who were deceased more recently are buried, this may take on the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles.
People gather on the designated day and put flowers on graves and renew contacts with relatives and others.
There often is a religious service and a picnic-like “dinner on the grounds,” the traditional term for a potluck meal at a church. It is believed that this practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the “memorial day” idea.
As we gear up to celebrate a holiday that Honors the fallen men and women who defended our country, and our rights, let’s also not forget the One who died to give us life! Jesus, King of Kings, the way the truth and the life, the lion of the tribe of Judah. And all those disciples who died to spread the GOSPEL of Christ. And remember too all our brethren who have died for their belief in Christ. A genocide of Christians has taken place. Our brethren are dying in untold numbers and suffering at the hands of evil. Say a prayer for them this Memorial Day. And say thank you to the Lord for all He has given us. His son, the Apostles, the early church martyrs and the brave souls martyred today for Christ. Say thank you for all the brave men and women he gave this country. All Glory to God. He is still on the Throne!
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