Memorial Day is an American holiday that will be observed on Monday, May 31, 2021 (the last Monday of each May). It honors men and women who died during their service in the United States military.
“Decoration Day” was first observed shortly after the Civil War and in 1971 became a national holiday. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by decorating graves, gathering with family, and attending patriotic events. It is fitting to remember the past, pray for the present, and have hope for the future.
John McCrae’s World War 1 poem, “In Flanders Field,” inspired a tradition of wearing red poppies in memory of the fallen soldiers.
Another poem was written as a reminder to pray for today’s military personnel and in appreciation for their service as well as to remember ultimate sacrifices. The poem also relates a Biblical definition of “greater love.”
NO GREATER LOVE
“How many nights have we all slept well
Safely at home in soft beds warm
While weary soldiers battled hard near hell Directly in line with the way of harm?
How many times have we failed to pray
In gratitude and give God thanks
And ask for safety for soldiers today —
Our brave men and women all through the ranks?
How often have we forgotten to give
Honor for the supreme price paid
When some gave all so in freedom we live?
We must remember the sacrifice made.
A giving love is love from above;
When one gives all, we see greater love.
Such love gave God’s own Son from above;
His Son gave His life… no greater love.”
(Judy Gillum Foy)
“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
(John 15: 13)