Monday, May 31, 2010


I learned something interesting while listening to conservative talk radio this week. As a result, Memorial Day has a new and special meaning now. Being as how I do not know anyone personally, nor has any of my friends ever expressed to me that they knew of someone who died as a casualty of war, Memorial Day has always been a day to BBQ and drink beer. The end of the school year, and the unoffical beginning of summer.
Memorial Day was first celebrated in Charleston, South Carolina. The newly liberated slaves chose to remember the fallen union soilders on May 30th, 1865.

Following the end of the Civil War, several communities set aside a day marking the end of the 'war between the states' or as a memorial to those who fell during the war. Other places that were among the first to celebrate a Memorial Day include Carbondale, Illinois; Sharpsburg, Maryland; Richmond, Virginia; Columbus, Mississippi; and some two dozen other cities and towns including Boalsburg, Pennsylvania and several places in Vermont. These observances often included Decoration Day, honoring the Union dead, and the several Confederate Memorial Days.

According to Professor David Blight of the Yale University History Department, the first memorial day was observed in 1865 by liberated slaves at the Washington Race Course (today the location of Hampton Park), the historic race track in Charleston. The track became  a mass grave for Union soldiers who died in captivity, as well as a a former prison camp for Confederate soilders. The freed slaves then moved the dead Union soldiers to individual graves. They also fenced in the graveyard and built an entry arch declaring it a Union graveyard.

Can you imagine the courage this took in the South, so shortly after the North's victory. On the same date in 1868, the freed slaves returned to the graveyard with flowers from the countryside and decorated the individual gravesites. This in effect was the also the first Decoration Day!
The freed blacks and Union soldiers from the area also held a parade. The festivities were also followed by patriotic songs and a picnic.

This memorial day as we remember fallen soldiers let us also have in our mind God's True Soldiers. The men and women slain in the name of God. Those righteous martyrs who died before their time. John the Baptist, and even Jesus Christ Himself.

Let us also bear in mind that God has memorial holidays. The passover is a memorial. Also the next coming Holy day is a memorial. And it is called the Memorial of the blowing of trumpets.

"And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.
 Ye shall do no servile work therein..." (Leviticus 23:23-25).
I will deal with the trumpets on the day of the Memorial of the blowing of trumpets, which takes place on Thursday, September 8, 2010.

The 'official' birthplace of Memorial Day is Waterloo, New York. The village was credited with being the place of origin because it observed Memorial Day every year since 1866. and each year thereafter. Another major factor in the holiday's growthwas most likely the friendship between General John Murray, General John A. Logan, and a private citizen of Waterloo, which helped bring attention to the event nationwide.

May the Lord add a blessing to the consideration of His Word.


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