by Marvin D. Patterson

Let Us Remember
Marvin Patterson
Joshua 1:13

The Marines are the best to say they were the first into battle and the first to arrive anywhere. ONE EXCEPTION = when they get to the Pearly Gates of Heaven they will find out the gates were built by the SEABEES.
A Baptist preacher, while beginning his text, said this to the congregation: "I'm gonna tell you the same thing Elizabeth Taylor told all her husbands. And that is - 'I'm not gonna keep you long!'" SLM
Text: Joshua 1:13

Memorial Day is quite possibly one of the most important days of the entire year, although we do not always recognize it as such. Memorial day was set aside to call attention to those who had died during the Civil War, both in the north and in the south. Many of the widows and mothers of the fallen soldiers would go out to the graves of their loved ones and decorate them with flowers and flags of remembrance. The day was formally called "Decoration Day," because of the activities that prevailed with the decoration of the cemeteries. Memorial day is celebrated on the last Monday of May. The national bands and parades also are held in certain cities to commemorate the fallen soldiers from all wars. It opens the vacation period of the year, and many have cookouts and other activities with family and friends. The American Flag is to be lowered to half-staff at the beginning of the day, and then raised to the top of the flagpole at lunch for the remainder of the day. The day is not to be confused with Veteran's Day, which is a day set aside to honor living soldiers who have fought for our freedoms.

On May 5, 1868, in his capacity as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic - the organization for Union Civil War veterans - General John A. Logan issued a proclamation that "Decoration Day" should be observed nationwide and annually.[17] It was observed for the first time on May 30 of the same year; according to folklore, the date was chosen because it ...

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