We are coming up on Memorial Day, and I’m looking forward to hearing your stories and memories of loved ones. This Sunday, we’ll have a beautiful tribute to all the beloveds who are no longer in our lives, those who served in the military and those who served humanity in other ways. It’s a time to pause, reflect, honor, and acknowledge how they served and we, too, are serving in unique ways. We all make a difference!
As a preamble to Sunday Service, I want to share with you what I found on History.com:
Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2019 occurs on Monday, May 27.
Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.
Early Observances of Memorial Day
The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries.
By the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.
Did you know? Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.
It is unclear where exactly this tradition originated; numerous different communities may have independently initiated the memorial gatherings. Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day.
Waterloo—which first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866—was chosen because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.
Our Affirmation for May is “We are now and forevermore one in the love of God.”
You are invited to join us this Sunday for a special tribute to military troops who have given their lives in service to our country as well as other loved ones gone. We’ll remember the Love that we are when we honor that same Love in these beloveds, and in one another. “We are now and forevermore one in the love of God.”
Toni King, Spiritual Advisor
Toni’s upcoming schedule at Unity of the Sierra:
Fri., 5/24; Tues., 5/28; Thurs., 5/30; Fri., 5/31: 8:00-11:00am