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The Principle of Remembrance

Posted By Connie Moody, Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2012

"Take you hence...twelve stones...and leave them [by the bank of the Jordan]...that this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones?  Then ye shall answer them…and these stones shall be a memorial unto the children...forever.”  Joshua 4:1-7

My quick research of the history of Memorial Day in the United States confirmed and revealed interesting facts and some "uncertainties” on the origins of this national holiday (holy day).  One site stated, "It’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.  It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings….”  This is a true statement if by origin one means the first practice; however, for those APPROACHING the idea with PRINCIPLE, the origin is God Himself and His commandment: Remember, remember, remember.

One topic was common to most of the sites I searched for this blog:  America is forgetting to remember—specifically, on Memorial Day, to remember those who "gave the last full measure of devotion”—our fallen soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, guards, and militia.  America is preoccupied with a three-day weekend, special sales, and cookouts.  Fading are the acts of commemoration honoring the character and actions of heroes.

You can do the same simple research and learn more about this day.  Then, you can determine to build a memorial—a family tradition—that causes your children to ask, "What mean ye by these stones (Why are we doing this today)?”  Use this opportunity (leading idea) to share stories of bravery and valor, of commitment and conviction, of devotion and determination, of selfless service to others, of willingness to give "the last full measure of devotion”—of sacrifice.  Is there any better picture of our Lord?

This do in remembrance.

By the way, Armed Forces Day, a day established to honor and thank our active duty personnel, is the third Saturday in May.  If you missed the opportunity of this special day, it is never too late to say thank you.  Veterans Day, a national holiday to honor and express gratitude to our surviving veterans of the various branches of the armed forces, is always on November 11.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and
handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like
in the United States where men were free.”
  Ronald Reagan

 

Read "Memorial Day Is NOT on Sale" from The Patriot Post

 

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DeAnna Brock (Fouts) says...
Posted Thursday, May 24, 2012
My heart skips a beat when I see a hero walk by. I only hope their purpose is love of God (Creator) and country (USA, gift from God), in that order. I can hope.
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