“This will be a memorial day for you; you will celebrate it as a festival to God down through the generations, a fixed festival celebration to be observed always.” Exodus 12:14
I invite you to read Chapter 12 of Exodus to learn about another memorial day. In Exodus, we are to remember the first Passover, which God commanded to be celebrated every year. This celebration lasts seven days opposed to the one day our country sets aside to remember those who sacrificed their lives during war and those who served their country.
As a kid, my family would go to the Roland, Iowa, cemetery every Memorial Day and attend the service, which recognized those who served in the military and are now at rest in the cemetery. I remember how every year they read the name “Askel Sampson.” My father was named after his grandfather who served in the Civil War, and it confused me that his name would be recited as one of the people being honored on this day.
I never knew my grandfather Sampson, but I know he was a teen–sixteen or so–when he immigrated to the United States and immediately became a soldier in the Civil War. Obviously, he made it through the war. I am honored to say I came from a long line of men who served their country.
Thank you, Lord, for all who served, and are currently serving our great nation, to make it safer for the rest of us. Amen.