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The Real Memorial Day In Memory Of Our Crucified Lord.

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2 The Real Memorial Day In Memory Of Our Crucified Lord

3 The Secular Memorial Day

4 Originally called “Decoration Day” First observed on May 30, 1868 when flowers were placed on graves of Union & Confederate soldiers at Arlington Nat’l Cemetery After WW1, holiday was changed to honor all Americans who died fighting in any war The Secular Memorial Day

5 Since the late 1950’s, on the Thurs. before Memorial Day (last Mon. in May), the 1,200 soldiers of 3rd U.S. Infantry serve in a special way: They place small American flags at each of more than 300,000 gravestones at Arlington Cemetery They then patrol 24 hours a day during the entire weekend to ensure no flag falls to the ground The Secular Memorial Day

6 Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, VA

7 How important do you suppose this day was to its organizers? How important is it to us today? The Secular Memorial Day

8 First observed in Jerusalem in the year 30 A.D. on Pentecost (May-June) Acts 2:41-42 Thereafter, it has been observed every first day of the week when the disciples of Jesus Christ in any given local area “come together to break bread” Acts 20:7 The Spiritual Memorial Day

9 Its purpose is to memorialize the greatest event in human history…the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ 1 Cor 11:20-34 A proclamation of His death and eventual return v. 26 A solemn occasion requiring diligence for proper observance vv The Spiritual Memorial Day

10 Do You Remember? The Real Memorial Day In Memory Of Our Crucified Lord Its purpose... To keep alive in our minds a past event God has always wanted His people to remember the past, His provisions for them Deut 5:15 7:18 8:2 Eph 2: Tim 2:8 Our “Spiritual Memorial Day” helps us remember how God provided for our redemption from slavery

11 Do You Remember? The Real Memorial Day In Memory Of Our Crucified Lord Its observance... It has no parades, pageantry, public speeches It is a simple memorial authorized by the One we memorialize Lk 22: Cor 11:24-25 Though simple, such an observance demands our proper respect 1 Cor 11:17

12 Do You Remember? The Real Memorial Day In Memory Of Our Crucified Lord Its potential abuse... Memorials of any kind are always in danger of being under-appreciated, eventually de-valued The passage of time is what brings this about Proven secularly re: Memorial Day Ù Congress’ actions in 1971 Proven spiritually re: the Lord’s Supper Ù Christians’ actions “around the table” 1 Cor 11:17, 27-30

13 Conclusion The Real Memorial Day In Memory Of Our Crucified Lord May we never forget as we gather on each “Spiritual Memorial Day” the One who gave the last full measure of devotion Jn 15:13 Can you see the cross…hear the taunts…imagine the suffering Savior? Christ must not have “died in vain” for us cp. Gal 2:21 1 Cor 1:17 Eph 1:15-21

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