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A Message from Cathryn Marshall, Senior Warden
After an extra-long and lingering winter, we are finally coming up to Memorial Day, the unofficial start to summer. According to the calendar, summer doesn’t actually begin until mid-June, but many look at Memorial Day as the real marker.
It’s too easy to think of this as just a nice 3-day weekend. A chance to get out the camping gear for the first time this year. An extra day to sleep in. The day we christen our grills for the season, inviting friends over to enjoy some barbeque, and to relive our childhoods with a messy, delicious S’More.
But let’s not ignore the true purpose of this day.
The custom of honoring ancestors by cleaning cemeteries and decorating graves is an ancient and worldwide tradition, and in early rural America, this duty was usually performed in late summer and was an occasion for family reunions and picnics. After the Civil War, America’s need for a secular, patriotic ceremony to honor its military dead became prominent, as monuments to fallen soldiers were erected and dedicated, and ceremonies centering on the decoration of soldiers’ graves were held in towns and cities throughout the nation.
After World War I, the day expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars, and states observed the holiday on different dates. In 1971, Memorial Day became a national holiday by an act of Congress; it is now celebrated on the last Monday in May.
So enjoy your day off, your family gatherings, your picnics, and your camping. But let us never forget the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms.
In God’s Grace,
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