Memorial Day is a well-known holiday, but do we know the true meaning as well as some of the observances of this special day?
On upcoming May 29th, we will honor those in the armed forces who sacrificed their lives for our beloved country. Please take the time to pray for the people who have lost loved ones and family members.
A common practice on Memorial Day involves the American Flag. The flag starts at the very top but is lowered with respect to half-staff until noon. After that, the flag is elevated and remains at full-staff the rest of that day. The reason for the lowering to half-staff is to honor those who gave their lives for our country. Raising the flag at noon represents how those still living pledge to rise up and continue to fight “for liberty and justice for all”.
Other ways that people honor the fallen on Memorial Day includes wearing red poppies, visiting cemeteries, leaving flags or flowers on the graves, and taking time out of the day to simply visit memorials to pay respect.
A way to inform and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day is the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution passed in December 2000. This resolution requests that at 3 p.m. all Americans “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of Remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps.”
You can learn more about Memorial Day at http://www.usmemorialday.org .
To honor, remember, and celebrate the warriors and heroes who fought for our country, we have gathered eight Bible verses below to study as a remembrance for those fighting for our freedom to serve and worship an almighty God. Hopefully, you will be encouraged to continue praying for those in need of faith and to share these verses with someone else who needs encouragement and assurance.
1.“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 KJV
2.“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15
3.“The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.” Proverbs 10:7
4.“The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit” Psalm 34:18
5.“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,” Philippians 1:3
6.“13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
7.“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” – Revelation 21:4
8. “Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.” Romans 13:7
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