Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
–John 15:13 NIV
Unlike Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day is set aside to remember the US military men and women who died while fulfilling their duties.
The first large observance to honor them was in 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery—three years after the Civil War ended that cost the lives of about 750,000 people. In the year 2000, the US Congress and President George W. Bush signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act” that encourages all Americans to pause for a minute of silence at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day to remember and honor those who have died in service to the USA.
As we remember the fallen today, may we also remember the One who gave His life not only for a nation but for all nations–all people. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice on the Cross.
May we remain one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
- Pray that our government and military leaders will look first to God when making decisions.
- Pray safety and security for our country’s military men and women as they serve to protect us.