What comes to your mind when you think of Memorial Day? Perhaps it’s a day off work or school? Or the start for summer vacation or long weekend trip to the beach?
Take a moment & see if you know the answers to these three questions.
Memorial Day Quiz:
1. What does Memorial Day mean?
2. What was it called before?
3. When is the National Moment of Remembrance?
Memorial Day has a very solemn meaning, so let's look at the answers:
1. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in the nation's service. Additional information on the history of Memorial Day can be accessed at: http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html
2. Memorial Day was first observed May 30, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. On this day, flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. Hence, it was originally called Decoration Day (referring to decorating the graves of those who gave their lives).
3. The “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence.
God also remembers His faithful and fallen servants.
In Hebrews 11 we find a list of some of the true heroes of faith. They include some of His outstanding servants from the time of Abel to Enoch and from Noah to the time of Abraham and Sarah. Tribute to Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses is also given (verses 4-11, 20-26). He also shows that the present world is not worthy of the ultimate sacrifice made by so many of His faithful servants (Hebrews 11:38
). Were it not for their faithfulness we are told that no flesh would saved alive at the end of the great tribulation (Matthew 24:22
It’s easy to forget what Memorial Day actually means while you’re sitting by the pool and looking ahead at summer vacation—but the day signifies much more.