Since 1868, on the fourth Monday of May, in the Spring when flowers were abundant, Americans have decorated the graves of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their nation while serving in military uniform and remembered them and their families.
Normally, for most of us, in past years we have seen it as a long weekend, the beginning of Summer, a time to begin a vacation, or just spending time with family and friends. These days we are living in a new reality of self-isolation and being quarantined, it is similar in many ways and yet different than those who gave their lives in their sacrifice to our country. Memorial Day is just around the corner, and rather than it being just another day at home, (we all have had enough of that) maybe this year join one of our parishes offering a Memorial Day service online or watching on TV what is happening in Washington D.C.
This day is a day to pray for all those who gave their lives while serving in the Armed Forces and died in combat and pray for those serving now who are not getting a day off, like all our healthcare workers. If you know someone who is serving, or a veteran thank him or her for their service. But most of all, take a moment to remember the men and women who lost their lives and thank God for them.
Next week, I will be recording a special Memorial Day address that you may play for your congregation on Sunday or if you are having a Memorial Day service, you may use it then.
Again, if you need any assistance in planning a service, or would like to invite me to speak to your congregation, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 858-395-0203.
The Rev. Dr. Frank Munoz, LCDR, CHC, USN, (Ret).
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