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Very Approximate Notes Of Memorial Day Sermon
22 May 2015Posted by on
FLAG RAISING SERVICE ON THE TOWN GREEN,
Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 12noon
Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 12 noon there will be an ecumenical service and flag raising ceremony to honor our veterans. Please make an effort to be there and please spread the word. Last year we had close to 40 persons attend; let us fill the downtown Chestertown with people who come out to honor and support our veterans!
Below are very approximate notes of the Memorial Day Sermon
Most of us treat the Memorial Day as the official start of summer. For most of us it is about grilled meat, sales at car dealerships and department stores, long weekend, beer, potato salad and decorations.
Memorial Day is so much more that that. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, especially those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in the battle.
As a naturalized citizen of these United States of America, I am frustrated by the way we celebrate Memorial Day. It seems to have lost its meaning. As a culture we no longer treat Memorial Day as a Holy Day, but as a holiday. For the most part what we do and how we celebrate have lost the connection with the intent and purpose of this Holy Day.
I am frustrated because we turned it into a day off work, a tent sale and barbeque.
Memorial Day is a day that bears a certain history and meaning. Winston Churchill was fond of saying, “History is written by those who won the battle.” The truth is that much of human history and traditions are influenced by and reflect what happened on the battle fields. The truth is that much of human history and traditions are influenced by the sacrifices and accomplishments of soldiers who risked their very lives in pursuit of what they believed to be right, true and beautiful.
We gather here today because we share certain convictions about what Memorial Day represents. In the next year, I want to challenge all of us to not only express our highest appreciation for what fathers, mothers, sons, daughters and neighbors did for all of us, but to live that appreciation. President John F. Kennedy said once, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” My hope is that we will leave this ceremony challenged and inspired to reach out to those for whom the Memorial Day became just a day off work and the beginning of summer.
My hope is that someday this square will be filled with our neighbors who will come out to this event to remember, to honor and to respect what this day means, to share the sense of loss with the families who lost their loved ones.
The Memorial Day is one day on our calendars that exemplifies what it COSTS for us to have privileges that we love and enjoy and what it COSTS for all of us to be free.
We have all heard, “Freedom is not free.” If we google, “How many Americans died in all wars” we find out that the freedom that you and I are enjoying actually costs 1.3 million of lives.
I do hope that you enjoy this weekend.
And I also hope that all of us will take the time to remember and to think about those who did not come home.
May God bless America!
May God Bless and protect our soldiers! May peace prevail and justice rolls like a river not only in our country but all over the world!