Editor:

Well this is the beginning of a three-day holiday and we can’t even celebrate it like we use to, as we are still quarantined. Yes, this is Memorial Day weekend when we remember those veterans and others who gave their lives, so that we can have freedom to live in America and be governed, by the people and for the people.

Today, my husband, Richard will place American flags on the graves of all the veterans buried in the Indian Falls Cemetery. It’s always been a task that he has felt privileged to perform. Those flags are a symbol of our country and they are a way to let others know, those veterans buried there, are appreciated. A reminder that they were in the service to protect America and those they loved, so that we could have those freedoms we enjoy here in America.

Memorial Celebrations first started back in 1865, by freed slaves who honored graves of Union Soldiers buried in South Carolina by placing flowers on their graves. The official celebration began after the Civil War in 1868 by the Grand Army of the Republic and was officially called Decoration Day. If you enjoy history go on your computer and google Decoration Day and there you will find the whole story of how it began.

I looked up the meaning of “memorial” in the dictionary, and the number one meaning was “something designed to keep remembrance alive.”

Yes, that is what Memorial Day is all about, honoring those men and women who have died in wars, and remembering their sacrifice. A way of thanking them for giving their life so that we can have the freedoms we enjoy today.

There is another one who also gave His life by dying on a cross, 2000 years ago, so that we can be free from sin and have a life with Him in heaven; and that is Jesus, God’s only son. Jesus has asked us that when we take communion to remember Him. In Luke 22:19-20 it says, “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” So let us remember the sacrifice Jesus made when he died on that cross, so that we can have life with Him in eternity; and also remember those veterans who gave their lives for us.

And even though I’m still in quarantine I can do that right here at “my Kitchen Table.”

Jean Rudolph

Akron

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