Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day to you all my friends.

The spiritual reasons to celebrate Memorial Day are very clear. Memorial Day is about the Country and the brave men that gave their life to protect and strengthen the honor and integrity of their country. This is not only a true love to the neighbor, but also charity to the neighbor; For the Country is also the neighbor.

We read from True Christian Religion 414. One’s country is more a neighbor than a single community, because it consists of many communities, and consequently love towards the country is a broader and higher love. Moreover, loving one’s country is loving the public welfare. One’s country is the neighbor, because it is like a parent; for one is born in it, and it has nourished him and continues to nourish him, and has protected and continues to protect him from injury. Men ought to do good to their country from a love for it, according to its needs, some of which are natural and some spiritual. Natural needs relate to civil life and order, and spiritual needs to spiritual life and order. That one’s country should be loved, not as one loves himself, but more than himself, is a law inscribed on the human heart; from which has come the well-known principle, which every true man endorses, that if the country is threatened with ruin from an enemy or any other source, it is noble to die for it, and glorious for a soldier to shed his blood for it. This is said because so great should be one’s love for it. It should be known that those who love their country and render good service to it from good will, after death love the Lord’s kingdom, for then that is their country; and those who love the Lord’s kingdom love the Lord Himself, because the Lord is the all in all things of His kingdom.

~Every good that is called a good of charity consists in nothing other than useful service, and useful services are nothing other than works done for one’s neighbor, Country, Church, and the Lord’s kingdom (Arcana Coelestia 6073). ~

~The Lord is in charity, and it is of charity to look to the neighbor, to one’s country, and to the church, that is, to will well to them. But they look below themselves who turn themselves away from these, and will well only to themselves (Arcana Coelestia 7815).~

And lastly from True Christian Religion 407: “if anyone repels the attacks of an enemy and strikes out against him in self-defense, or delivers him to the judge to prevent injury to himself, yet with a disposition to become his friend, such a one acts from a principle of charity. Wars in defense of one’s country and the Church are not inconsistent with charity. The end for which they are undertaken shows whether or not they are in accordance with charity.”

Happy Memorial Day!

I was reading and article written by Allison Sylte (KSDK-TV) and found out ten historical facts about Memorial Day that I would like to share with you. She says “here are 10 fast facts about Memorial Day, a holiday honoring American soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country:

• Even though numerous communities had been independently celebrating Memorial Day for years, the federal government declared Waterloo, N.Y. the official birthplace of Memorial Day. Waterloo first celebrated the holiday on May 5, 1866.

• Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30 for decades, but in 1971, Congress established Memorial Day as the las Monday in May and a federal holiday.

• Memorial Day originally honored military personnel who died in the civil war (1861-1865).

• Roughly 620,000 Americans died in the Civil War — making it the deadliest war in American history. About 644,000 Americans have died in all other conflicts combined.

• President Bill Clinton signed the National Moment of Remembrance Act on Dec. 28, 2000, designating 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day as a National Moment of Remembrance.

• It wasn’t always Memorial Day — It used to be known as Decoration Day.

• Red poppies are known as a symbol of remembrance, and it’s a tradition to wear them to honor those who died in war.

• Even though Memorial Day began as a holiday honoring Union soldiers, Some states still have Confederate observances. Mississippi celebrates Confederate Memorial Day on the last Monday of April, Alabama on the fourth Monday of April, and Georgia on April 26. North and South Carolina observe it on May 10, Louisiana on June 3 and Tennessee calls that date Confederate Decoration Day. Texas celebrates Confederate Heroes Day on Jan. 19 and Virginia calls the last Monday in May Confederate Memorial Day.

• The crowd that attended the first Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery was about the same size as those that attend today’s observance: about 5,000 people

• Here are the number of casualties in each U.S. war:

Civil War: Approximately 620,000 Americans died. The Union lost almost 365,000 troops and the Confederacy about 260,000. More than half of these deaths were caused by disease.

World War I: 116,516 Americans died, more than half from disease.

World War II: 405,399 Americans died.

Korean War: 36,574 Americans died.

Vietnam Conflict: 58,220 Americans died. More than 47,000 Americans were killed in action and nearly 11,000 died of other causes.

Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm: 148 U.S. battle deaths and 145 non-battle deaths.

Operation Iraqi Freedom: 4,422 U.S. service members died.

Operation New Dawn: 66 U.S. service members died.”

I hope this helps in refreshing our minds about some key facts of Memorial Day.

With a heart full of charity, I would say Happy Memorial Day. God bless America!

Jean.

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