Memorial Day is an important day in the life of our country. It is a day to remember. It is the most solemn holiday of the year because on this day the whole nation honors the men and women who have given their lives in the service of their country. This day was founded soon after the Civil War and was first called Decoration Day. The Civil War claimed more lives than any war in history leading to the creation the first national cemeteries. These were fitting places for people all over the country to gather to remember those who had given their lives. It is unclear where the first Memorial Day observance took place, but in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York as the official birth place. In 1968, congress declared Memorial Day as the official title for the day when all of us are called upon to remember those who have died in the pursuit of preserving our freedom.
God himself wants us to remember the good things He has done for us, “Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live an increase and may enter and possess the land that the Lord promised on oath to your forefathers. Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commandments” (Deuteronomy 8:1-2). Remembering what God has done for us is a spiritual discipline that keeps us humble and honest before Him. Abraham Lincoln said, “I remember my mother’s prayers and they always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” We need to be careful about what we remember. We need to be thankful that we can remember.
I read this story the other day: A young man saw an elderly couple sitting down to lunch at McDonald's. He noticed that they had ordered one meal, and an extra drink cup. As he watched, the gentleman carefully divided the hamburger in half, then counted out the fries, one for him, one for her, until each had half of them. Then he poured half of the soft drink into the extra cup and set that in front of his wife. The old man then began to eat, and his wife sat watching, with her hands folded in her lap. The young man decided to ask if they would allow him to purchase another meal for them so that they didn't have to split theirs. The old gentleman said, "Oh no. We've been married 50 years, and everything has always been and will always be shared, 50/50." The young man then asked the wife if she was going to eat, and she replied, "Not yet. It's his turn with the teeth."
Let’s remember tomorrow those who wore the teeth of democracy’s freedoms into battle and sacrificed themselves for us and for our children. We need to wait before the Lord tomorrow and be grateful for the blessings He has bestowed upon our nation.