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A Spirited Memorial

Posted By Foundation for American Christian Education, Thursday, May 21, 2015

Originally known as Decoration Day to honor the Civil War dead, Memorial Day was designated an official observance after World War I. This remembrance day was celebrated in May when many flowers were in bloom and thus the custom of strewing flowers over the graves of those fallen in defense of their country and liberty.

A lesser known “memorial” is “an affectionate, but spirited memorial” of resolutions drawn up by the first General Congress of the original colonies to the people of England, “reminding them that they held their own boasted liberties on a precarious tenure, if government, under the sanction of parliamentary authority, might enforce by the terrors of the sword their unconstitutional edicts.” 

Mercy Warren in her “Prelude to the American Revolution” recounts those days and events leading up to The American Revolution and reprinted in The Christian History of the American Revolution, Consider and Ponder complied by Verna Hall. In speaking of one of the original gatherings of representatives from the colonies she wrote:

This respected assembly, the Amphyctions of the western world, convened by the free suffrages of twelve colonies, met at the time proposed, on the fourth of September, one thousand seven hundred and seventy-four. 

They entered on business with hearts warmed with the love of their country, a sense of the common and equal rights of man, and the dignity of human nature.

They exhorted all ranks and orders of men to a strict adherence to industry, frugality, and sobriety of manners; and to look primarily to the supreme Ruler of the universe, who is able to defeat the crafty design of the most potent enemy.

Today, let us not only honor those who have valiantly and selflessly given their lives for our liberty, but also recall this “memorial” from our first General Congress on how to live as American Christians.

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