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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...




Vantage Point: Remember

By Ken Horn
May 30, 2010

Do you know what Memorial Day was originally known as, and what it initially commemorated?

It was called Decoration Day when it was first commemorated in 1868. After the close of the Civil War three years earlier, people had been regularly putting flowers, flags and other adornments of respect on the graves of those who had died in our nation’s greatest conflict to that date.

Now there was an official day set aside. That first celebration was held at Arlington National Cemetery and featured a speech by a congressman who had also served as a minister and a major general in the Union Army. James A. Garfield would also become our nation’s 20th president. Following the speech, 5,000 individuals decorated more than 20,000 graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers.

After World War I, the focus of Memorial Day was expanded to include the dead in all of America’s wars. These numbers continue to climb.

Sometimes Memorial Day and Veterans Day are confused. There is one significant difference. The latter honors all who have served, while the former honors those who have paid the dearest price — giving their lives to preserve our freedoms.

To Christians, Memorial Day is a grim reminder that souls hang in the balance when our nation goes to war. It is not only lives that are at stake; it is also eternity. Thus, the value of military chaplains and of Christian military personnel.

As we remember our honored dead, let it also be called to mind that many who fight have yet to meet Jesus. And let us pray for their protection … and that God will lead believers their way.

Ken Horn

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