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Memorial Day Isn't Canceled

Memorial Day is celebrated every year on the last Monday in May. For many, if we are being honest, this mainly means a day off of work grilling out or shopping holiday sales.  This year, we find ourselves in new terrain.  With all the uncertainties and "normal" life pretty much being put on hold, I have found small blessings in the pause.  I am definitely being less wasteful with food and household supplies, eating more meals and playing board games together as a family, and looking for, because there are always, little things to be grateful for.  This year's memorial day can be celebrated sincerely while we are on hold from the hustle and bustle, and hopefully, new traditions can be formed!

Memorial Day was first celebrated in America in the 1860s following the Civil War, although celebrations for those fallen in war date back to before Christ.  President Truman wrote, " [I] do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, Tuesday, May 30, 1950, and each succeeding Memorial Day, as a day of prayer for permanent peace. And I designate the hour beginning at eleven o’clock in the morning of that day, Eastern Daylight Saving Time, as a period in which all our people may unite in prayer..." ( I can't think of a better way to honor the fallen military than a prayer of thanksgiving for them and our free country they served and a prayer of provision for their families.

So this coming Monday while you are grilling, swimming and enjoying the kick-off to Summer, talk as a family about what Memorial Day really means, pray together, and when we see the American Flag flying, let it serve as a reminder of the selfless sacrifices made and the lives lost.  Let us be thankful and prayerful as a country in the pause of busyness, and let us hold onto intentionality once we start moving again. 




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