Monday, Memorial Day, May 25, 2009

Yes, today is Memorial Day and we honor those lost in military service to our country. Yesterday morning in church we sang “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” written in 1860 by Julia Ward Howe Julia Ward Howe, after a visit to a Union Army camp during the CivilWar. It was published in February, 1862, in The Atlantic Monthly.

The second verse, to me, says it all:

“I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps,
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps:
His day is marching on.”

For some reason, that one always brings me to tears–remembering those who sacrificed their lives to give us freedom.

Let’s all remember those who have fallen for the freedom we have in this beautiful country of ours. I hope you get to visit the cemetery today to remember those lost in the service to our country or get to watch a parade in your home town.


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