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Memorial day and this weekend.

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This week end, "Memorial Day" in the USA is celebrated.

It falls on Monday 26th May.
 

Memorial day is not just parades and BBQs; it's something far deeper.

Many use this time to visit cemeteries and graves of those fallen during military service.
A time to remember those that gave their life so that others may live in a safer environment.

As a veteran from the United Kingdom I extend my prayers to all those families that have lost a member/members of their family during a conflict or while serving.

This weekend and on Memorial Day offers us all regardless of nationality, an opportunity to thank all those that are still serving their country.
To also ponder the enormous sacrifice that families make when a loved one is far from home.

From across the pond, "We will remember you".
 

God Bless all those that serve in the Armed Forces of the USA across the globe.

 

Lets us also remember all the nurse that care for disabled Veterans .

The doctors and the nurses and all the palliative teams that support them in their homes. 

Love Nigel.

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Amen!

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Amen.

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Amen

 

Eternal Father, strong to save - Whose arm hath bound the restless waves,

Who bid'est the mighty ocean deep, it's own appointed limits keep.

 

O' hear us when we cry to thee - For those in peril on the sea.

 

O' Christ the voice the waters heard - and hushed their raging at Thy word,

who walked upon the foaming deep, and calm amid it's rage dids't sleep.

 

O' hear us when we cry to Thee - For those in peril on the sea.

 

Most Holy Spirit who did'st brood - over the chaos dark and rude,

Who bids't the angry tumult seize and gives for wild confusion peace.

 

O' hear us when we cry to Thee - For those in peril on the sea.

 

O' Trinity of love and power - our brethren's shield in danger's hour

From rock and tempest fire and foe - protect them where-so-ever they go.

 

Thus evermore shall rise to Thee, Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

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John 15:13 Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friend.

 

Never forget the sacrifices others made for the freedom we have everyday.

To all veterans and all those currently serving, to all those who gave their lives in service and to all their families, it's never enough but thank you.

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I didn't realise that the U.S. had a different Memorial day to us. I thought we shared the same. Where does the custom come from having it on this day? Ours comes from the World War One Armistice.

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I didn't realise that the U.S. had a different Memorial day to us. I thought we shared the same. Where does the custom come from having it on this day? Ours comes from the World War One Armistice.

 

If I am not mistaken Memorial day comes from the celebration of Decoration Day which after the American civil war;

was used to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers that died during the civil war. 

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"The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from "Decoration Day" to "Memorial Day", which was first used in 1882.

 It did not become more common until after WWII and was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967"

~Wiki.

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I didn't realise that the U.S. had a different Memorial day to us. I thought we shared the same. Where does the custom come from having it on this day? Ours comes from the World War One Armistice.

 

:thumbsup:

 

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

 

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

 

Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first "Veterans Day Proclamation" which stated: "In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible."

 

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The Uniform Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) was signed on June 28, 1968, and was intended to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. It was thought that these extended weekends would encourage travel, recreational and cultural activities and stimulate greater industrial and commercial production. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holidays on their original dates.

 

The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971. It was quite apparent that the commemoration of this day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of our citizens, and so on September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. This action supported the desires of the overwhelming majority of state legislatures, all major veterans service organizations and the American people.

 

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp

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Thanks, Nigel and Joe.

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