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What is Memorial Day All About?

Fireworks with flagMemorial Day is being celebrated in the high desert by many at the San Bernardino County Fair. This weekend holiday is a time for barbecues and partying as people gear up early for the summer. But what is the real meaning of Memorial Day?

Memorial Day originated on May 30, 1868 as an occasion to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers. Twenty years after that the name was changed from Decoration Day to Memorial Day. On May 11, 1950, Congress passed a resolution requesting that the President issue a proclamation calling on Americans to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer.

I wonder how many will unite in prayer tomorrow. A resolution  was passed by Congress on May 11, 1950 requesting a proclamation to be issued by the President for the people of the United States to unite in prayer during each Memorial Day.

Memorial Day, declared a federal holiday in 1971 by President Nixon, is now observed on the last Monday of May in honor of all who have died in wars.

Join with me in a moment of silence to honor men and women who died in wars so that you and I may be free and enjoy life.

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2 Comments

  1. June 2, 2016    

    Great. Now that you have let everyone know that this is a government sanctioned day of prayer, a group will organize to have it banned—just like the group wanting “in God we trust” off of our money and “under God” removed from the Pledge of Allegiance.

    The problem is that whether we acknowledge it or not, we are all under God , and he is the only One in who we can fully trust.

    I hope you had a safe and happy Memorial Day.

  2. June 11, 2016    

    Well, then they will probably want these holidays banned – Thanksgiving, Christmas, Good Friday.

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