I hope you are enjoying the long holiday weekend! As we celebrate Memorial Day, we reflect on those who sacrificed for our country’s freedom. Did you know the origin of Memorial Day is uncertain?
In early rural America, grave sites were often visited and honored with flowers by families in the summer, including an occasion for family reunions and picnics. After the Civil War, America needed a patriotic ceremony to honor fallen soldiers. Monuments were erected and ceremonies given throughout the nation. After WWI, the day expanded to all who have died in American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day became a national holiday by the act of Congress.
The wearing of red poppies to honor those who died in the military started with Miss Moina Michael. In war-torn battlefields grow in the fields. The seeds scattered in the wind and only germinated when the ground was disturbed – as it was in fighting in WWI. Poppies are both a symbol or loss of life and recovery of new life, worn especially to support service men and women.
Isn’t it interesting that the disturbance of battle caused the seed to spread and bring up the glorious flowers? So it is in our lives as we trust that God uses the interruptions and our suffering to produce beauty in our lives.
Do you know a family member or loved one who died for our country? 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Now we as brothers and sisters, honor (respect, acknowledge) those who work hard and labor among you…” Our military have most certainly labored among and for us! I’d love to pray together, Thank you, God for all the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Continue to bless, protect, and encourage those who serve us and their families today.
As you celebrate, I’d love to share with you one of my favorite recipes for your Memorial Day gathering.
Aunt Sue’s Baked Beans
1.5 lb. ground beef, browned
2 cups onion browned
1 can kidney beans
1 can baked beans
1 can Northern beans
1 Tbsp. mustard
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
Mix all together and bake 1 hour at 350 degrees. Enjoy!
Have a great Memorial Day!