Memorial Day

Memorial Day

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. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. For decades, Memorial Day was observed on May 30, the date of the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May and the change went into effect in 1971.  Memorial Day 2018 occurs on Monday, May 28.

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.

And we should remember these men and women and their families in our prayers.

Prayer for all the fallen:

Master, Help me to never forget the price that is beyond imagination paid by our warriors and their families. Humble me so that I always feel their pain, joy, and sacrifice. I pray they rest with honor silently on guard for You. Help me to be worthy. Protect and heal the hearts of their families and comrades. Amen.

Ray Bailey, Chaplain (BG) USA, Deputy Chief of Chaplains

Sterling United Methodist Church would like to invite you to worship with us this Memorial Day weekend.

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