On Monday, Americans celebrate Memorial Day. It’s a time to stop and pray, as we reflect on the sacrifice of those who have laid down their lives so that we might live in freedom. The Bible reveals that sacrifices can speak beyond the years of one’s life. One notable example in the Gospels is the woman who sacrificed her precious oil to anoint Jesus. Jesus said what she did was a good work. Jesus said her sacrifice created a memory never to be forgotten, which we are talking about even until this day Matthew 26:7-13.
Customary Ways to Observe Memorial Day
The “Memorial” in Memorial Day has been ignored by too many of us who are beneficiaries of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Often we do not observe the day as it should be, a day where we actively remember our ancestors, our family members, our loved ones, our neighbors, and our friends who have given the ultimate sacrifice:
By visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.
By visiting memorials.
By flying the US Flag at half-staff until noon.
By flying the ‘POW/MIA Flag’ as well (Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act).
By participating in a “National Moment of Remembrance”: at 3 p.m. to pause and think upon the true meaning of the day, and for “Taps” to be played.
By renewing a pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of our fallen dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.