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(Pub Date: May 25, 2011)
Past programs on Memorial Day:
Southern women scattered spring flowers on the graves of both the Northern and Southern soldiers who died during the Civil War.
This was the origin of Memorial Day, which in 1868 was set on MAY 30. In 1968, it was moved to the last Monday in May. 
The last Monday in May is the day our nation observes Memorial Day. Its the day we commemorate 
those who sacrificed and gave everything they could give. They do this so we can live in freedom and 
liberty. Scripture reminds us that, “Greater love has no one than this then he laid his life down for his 
friends.� John 15:13

The love of America should be reverenced and admired that the call of these men and women has 
given themselves to fulfill. Our military men and women are placed in harm’s way almost daily either 
at home or abroad. They carry the torch of liberty for us. These liberties are endowed by our Creator, 
and they are kept alive by the bravery and courage of our military forces.

Let us remember on Memorial Day, that we have three centuries of men and women fighting and dying for this great Christian experiment we call America. Even now we have people out there, who despise America. They would rather us, live under the rule of a godless tyrant, and would love to strip away our liberties. But as Thomas Jefferson said, our liberties are a gift from God.

We need to remember this weekend and every weekend to thank God for creating such an exceptional country, which still has God and Jesus Christ at its center. Jesus came to set the captives free, not just from our sin but also from petty tyrants.

So on this Memorial Day let us remember our soldiers and pray for them, pray for their safety. And when you see them be sure to thank them. Go out of your way to thank them and let them know you appreciate their service and sacrifice for our nation.