Memorial Day – honoring those who serve our ‘One Nation under God’
Those Veterans that have over the years given their lives and their time, and have willingly placed themselves in the line of fire to keep our nation, the Unites States of America, as one Nation under God; free as the founding fathers established it through the Declaration of Independence are to be remembered and honored on this day. It has been necessary to defend this great nation from the onset of its birth as we established the rights of the people through the Constitution of the United States of America. The men and women that have selflessly given of their time and talents; some for a specified time of service and some who have given all of themselves by laying down their lives for the freedom of others. As it has been said, “Freedom is not free!”
Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
We could paraphrase this verse in Psalms 127 to read:
Except the Lord build the NATION, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the NATION, the watchman waketh but in vain.
The United States of America was founded upon the principles of God and His Word, a place where people wanted to establish a new country where they could worship their God as they pleased. During crucial battles many servicemen had their Bibles tucked securely into their coats and this writer is reminded of the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia where the artist has depicted this type of scene through a statue of a serviceman dying on the beaches of Normandy with his Bible in his hand.
The history that lies behind this holiday is this
Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers, who had died during the American Civil War. It was inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women, who died in any war or military action.
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. The current name for this day did not come into use until after World War II. Decoration Day and then Memorial Day used to be held on May 30, regardless of the day of the week, on which it fell. It is traditional to fly the flag of the United States at half mast from dawn until noon. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
The Founders knew that the Lord God Almighty needed to be present in our public life and affairs and to be glorified so His blessing would flow over this great nation. This knowledge is greatly needed and a revival of the Lord’s blessings for this nation is needed right now. Again, as it has been said before, “There are no atheists in the foxholes.” Those that are prepared to lay down their lives for our freedom know this all too well. So this Memorial Day, let us glorify the Lord God Almighty the true founder of this great United States of America and to remember and honor those that have served in our military so that we as a people might remain free.