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Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead, Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers, who had died during the American Civil War. It was After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women, who died in any war or military action.
The tradition of memorial Day observance which emerged in the South was linked to the Lost Cause and partially merged into the national day of memory, the Ladies Memorial Association played a key role in that development.
Starting in 1866, the Southern states established Confederate Memorial Day, with dates ranging from April 25 to mid-June. By 1916, the June 3 birthday of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was observed as a state holiday in 10 southern states. Across the South, associations were founded after the War, many by women, to establish and care for permanent cemeteries for Confederate soldiers, organize commemorative ceremonies and sponsor impressive monuments as a permanent way of remembering the Confederate cause and tradition. The most important was the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which grew from 17,000 members in 1900 to nearly 100,000 women by World War I. They were “strikingly successful at raising money to build Confederate monuments, lobbying legislatures and Congress for the reburial of Confederate dead, and working to shape the content of history textbooks.”
The American flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.
The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country.
At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.
Let us never forget these brave men and women, our great-grandparents, grandparents, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters, who willingly lay down their lives for our country, our freedoms, and our God.
On Memorial Day I ask that you set aside time for prayer giving thanks to our Heavenly Father for all the blessings he has bestowed upon America.
Repent and ask God’s forgiveness that he will send his army of angels to crush the powers of Satan that have taken over our government.
Prayer is our greatest weapon. God is our Hope and Salvation.
May our Father in Heaven be with all who call upon his name, and may he keep you and your families safe this Memorial Day weekend, and forever. Amen
God Bless The USA