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MEMORIAL DAY

This may sound like a strange way to talk about Memorial Day, but in the biblical days there were men known as eunuchs. These were men or even boys whose testes that were non-functioning or that had literally been removed by a process called castration. These men were set in king’s palaces to guard the king’s harem. This was so the king could feel relaxed that they would have no relations with their harem. I am sure they were remembered for their heroism. Soldier’s today are remembered for their selfless duties. They gave up for the freedom or the life of someone else. In Isaiah 56:4-5 “For thus says the Lord, “To the eunuch who keeps my Sabbaths, and choose what pleases me, and hold fast My covenant, To them I will give in My house and within My walls a memorial, and a name better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name which will not be cut off.” They’re many other verses that speak of God having memorials to His people.

While preparing to write this I looked at some definitions of  Memorial: Something, such as a monument or holiday, intended to celebrate or honor the memory of a person or an event.   Commemoration is: a service, celebration, etc., in memory of some person or event.

Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. General John Logan officially proclaimed it on 5 May 1868, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village in the land,” he proclaimed. Is date Decoration Day. Gen. Robert E. Lee and various Washington officials, including Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies at their Arlington mansion. When the speeches were over children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns.

Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have died in active duty while defending our rights to Freedom, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Yes, it is a celebration of the things mentioned above, but let us not forget that it was a VERY high price to pay so that we could celebrate and be free.

Freedom

1. The condition of being free of restraints.

2. Liberty of the person from slavery, detention, or oppression.

4. Exemption from an unpleasant or onerous condition

5. The capacity to exercise choice; free will:

This is what they have fought for. Thank a soldier everyday not just Memorial Day.

By Terry Board

© Burnett Publishing 2014

 

 

 

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