The Memorial Day that we celebrate in the United States of America began with the ending of the Civil War.
Spectacular! We remember those people who built America. Abraham Lincoln who is called the Great Emancipator for his emancipation proclamation 1863 or Proclamation 95, a presidential proclamation or Lincoln’s executive order as then USA president on January 1, 1863 supported by Republicans changing the Federal legal status of more than 3.5 million enslaved African Americans from slave to freemen. Since then, our country America has added many memorials. Each of them, whether mere plaque, a lone statue to a notable person, or a vast sweeping edifice, are all intended to remember some significant event and the people who made history during that time. Typically, we honor the dead (not to pray to or for them) but to remember them who paid the ultimate price that we might live on. There are others whose sacrifices in time and treasure were enormous.
MAY OUR THANKS THIS DAY “REMEMBER” ALL OF THEM.
We may expand our commemoration by remembering those soldiers or civilians including ally countries who fought for what America is today without forgetting the those who all together have written the American Constitution where the majority were Bible believing Christians that influence our Constitution as it is.. We go back in September 2011 where 3000 or more were killed just for being Americans.
We salute with respect to our veterans who died and stood fought for our American Flag. singing The Star Spangled Banner:
“Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
The poet George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” In the life of every nation there are “memories” that must be preserved if that nation is to retain an awareness of its unique role among the nations of the world throughout history.
Filipino artist Rico Puno in his song sang “Alala (memories) nang tayo’y bata pa (when were still young). Namamasyal pa sa luneta, kahit walang pera (roaming around Luneta (Rizal Park) even without money. Memories.
Mostl parks are with commemorative stones that relates only to the history of what and how was won or came to be outside of imperfect personal life.
What does the Bible say about these commemorative stones? “When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What means these stones? Then you shall let your children know” (Joshua 4:21-22).
Long ago, God Himself instituted “memorials” so that the key events of history might be remembered. The RAINBOW was to remind God of His covenant to preserve life after the awful destruction of the flood (Genesis 9:8-17). Jacob set up a stone after he had seen the ladder and spoken with the angel of the Lord (Genesis 28: 12-22). Joseph the dreamer insisted that the children of Israel take his bones with them into the land of promise (Genesis 50:25).
In Joshua 4:21-22, Joshua is told by God to take 12 stones out of Jordan and make a monument to commemorate the beginning fulfillment of the promise made to Abraham centuries earlier. That day, Israel was to enter the “promised land” and start its conquest of Canaan.