This year commemorates the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. And Memorial Day first began to remember those who fought and died in that same war. Oliver North offers this description.
“Begun as a local observance in the aftermath of the Civil War, the first national commemoration took place May 30, 1868, at the direction of Gen. John A. Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. Though his General Order No. 11 specified “strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion” — meaning only Union soldiers — those who tended the burial sites at Arlington, Va., Gettysburg, Pa., and Vicksburg, Miss., decided on their own to decorate the biers of both Union and Confederate war dead.” ~ Oliver North
The Civil War was unique in that it pitted brother against brother and family against family. More than 600,000 men gave their lives and the outcome was a unified nation. But there’s an even more significant civil war going on today.
The Apostle Paul describes this most basic of civil wars that takes place between our desire to please God and the selfish desires of our flesh. In Romans chapter 7 Paul is frustrated and exasperated because of the ongoing struggle.
The solution? The grace of God available through Christ Jesus. “There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” ~Romans 8:1
Don’t miss a single opportunity to thank a veteran for what they did in serving our country and defending our freedom. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude.