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Lord, help us remember the true purpose of Memorial Day. Help us to honor those who died for our freedoms, God.

Although Memorial Day is now associated with travel, barbecues, and sales, it originally had a more reverent purpose.

From AP News. Memorial Day is supposed to be about mourning the nation’s fallen service members, but it’s come to anchor the unofficial start of summer and a long weekend of discounts on anything from mattresses to lawn mowers.

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Auto club AAA said in a travel forecast that this holiday weekend could be “one for the record books, especially at airports,” with more than 42 million Americans projected to travel 50 miles (80 kilometers) or more. …

But for Manuel Castañeda Jr., 58, the day will be a quiet one in Durand, Illinois, outside Rockford. He lost his father, a U.S. Marine who served in Vietnam, in an accident in California while training other Marines in 1966.

“Memorial Day is very personal,” said Castañeda, who also served in the Marines and Army National Guard, from which he knew men who died in combat. …

WHAT IS THE OFFICIAL PURPOSE OF MEMORIAL DAY?

It’s a day of reflection and remembrance of those who died while serving in the U.S. military, according to the Congressional Research Service. The holiday is observed in part by the National Moment of Remembrance, which encourages all Americans to pause at 3 p.m. for a moment of silence.

WHAT ARE THE HOLIDAY’S ORIGINS?

The holiday stems from the American Civil War, which killed more than 600,000 service members — both Union and Confederate — between 1861 and 1865.

There’s little controversy over the first national observance of what was then called Decoration Day. It occurred May 30, 1868, after an organization of Union veterans called for decorating war graves with flowers, which were in bloom. …

HAS MEMORIAL DAY ALWAYS BEEN A SOURCE OF CONTENTION?

Someone has always lamented the holiday’s drift from its original meaning.

As early as 1869, The New York Times wrote that the holiday could become “sacrilegious” and no longer “sacred” if it focuses more on pomp, dinners and oratory.

In 1871, abolitionist Frederick Douglass feared Americans were forgetting the Civil War’s impetus — slavery — when he gave a Decoration Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery. …

Meanwhile, how the day was spent — at least by the nation’s elected officials — could draw scrutiny for years after the Civil War. In the 1880s, then-President Grover Cleveland was said to have gone fishing — and “people were appalled,” said Matthew Dennis, an emeritus history professor at the University of Oregon. …

HOW HAS MEMORIAL DAY CHANGED?

Dennis said Memorial Day’s potency diminished somewhat with the addition of Armistice Day, which marked World War I’s end on Nov. 11, 1918. Armistice Day became a national holiday by 1938 and was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

An act of Congress changed Memorial Day from every May 30th to the last Monday in May in 1971. Veterans objected: “They didn’t want to be just some random Monday that people could forget about,” Dennis said.

In 1972, Time Magazine said the holiday had become “a three-day nationwide hootenanny that seems to have lost much of its original purpose.” …

Meanwhile, Jason Redman, 48, a retired Navy SEAL who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, said he’ll be thinking of friends he’s lost. Thirty names are tattooed on his arm “for every guy that I personally knew that died.”

He wants Americans to remember the fallen — but also to enjoy themselves, knowing lives were sacrificed to forge the holiday.

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(Excerpt from AP News. Photo Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Carol
May 29, 2023

My birthday is May 30, 1950 and as a child I was so honored to be born on such an important day. We would have a parade and then my parents would take us to the cemetery to remember the soldiers and sailors that sacrificed for our freedoms! I have always loved America and the military that protects us. Then when the holiday was changed to the last Monday in May, I was insulted that our government officials seemed to care so little for our military dead! To correct the above story, it was southern widows of civil war dead military men that started “Decoration Day!” They didn’t want the sacrifice of their Civil War dead to be forgotten so they chose May 30 for the date to decorate the graves of their loved ones. Northern widows of Civil War dead heard about this and they together petitioned to make this a National Holiday forever! Congress was irresponsible to make this a 3 day weekend Monday holiday instead of letting it fall on the date it was originally assigned just like the 4th of July! They wanted to change July 4th to a 3 day Monday holiday but the country rightly so, rose up and protested that the 4th of July couldn’t be on any other date! Memorial day should be changed back to May 30th, the original “Decoration Day!” FATHER GOD, Thank YOU for protecting our current military all over the world from enemies both foreign and domestic! Thank YOU for the hearts of those that were and are willing to sacrifice to protect America! Bless all of the families that have had loved ones that sacrificed to serve in our military and those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for all of us in America in JESUS NAME!

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Darlene Estlow
May 29, 2023

Father, thank you for those who gave their lives for our country. Bless their families with comfort. May we never forget the cost of freedom!

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June Darley
May 29, 2023

We need to stand for all the ones that gave their all for the freedom that we have here and if
we do not. People will be deceived by those claiming to have been sent by God but are not. Pray
for the safety and well- being of those who are caught in the middle of all the conflicts (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Choose to be courageous because there will be time when staying close
to Christ means taking a stand. Stay in the word and if you do-you have the Holy Spirt with you. Conflicts and dissensions among people,groups and countries will escalate. Pray for the
peace of Israel the place that Jesus will return for His people. No worry just stop and look up.
and say a prayer for your family and the U.S.A.

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Mary Hunt Cook
May 29, 2023

LORD, comfort those who morn the loss of one who died while serving our country. Move the hearts of our citizens to respect the sacrifices of those who offered their lives to serve our country. Lord, have mercy on America as we face war within our borders from the enemy that has infiltrated our foundational institutions and the influencers of our culture. Show us what to do. In Jesus’s name we pray

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Restin
May 29, 2023

We have had family members fight in every war since the beginnings of this nation for the freedoms America has. I will always honor this day and those that have fought and those that have given their lives. God Bless America

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