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10 Hours Ago
I give thanks for everyone who has come before me.
Today I give thanks for those who have come before me, for the men and women who have served their country to make the world a better place. I honor their memories with prayers of gratitude. I do not have to agree with the premise of war to understand the sacrifice these souls have made.
I also bring to mind family members and friends who have passed from this physical plane, those who have been a special part of my life. These loved ones are still with me in my awareness and in my heart. Our souls are intricately woven together and cannot be separated.
I give thanks for the life I live because others gave of their light, life, and love. Remembering the past, I live in the present and move into the future in a spirit of oneness and peace.
I do not cease to give thanks for you, as I remember you in my prayers.—Ephesians 1:16
Sunday at 8:53 AM
I also thought about how little today I had chosen to think joyfully, or to send my love to others, or to pray. In my hurried, hectic morning somehow I had forgotten the most important thing of all. I had forgotten to be happy.
Thankfully, I was able to see what I was doing and turn my day around before it became a total waste. I smiled at my children, petted my dogs on the head, and relaxed into the joy that was always there waiting for me to choose it. What started out as a miserable, stressful day soon became a very happy one.
Nothing had changed, of course, except for me. Isn't it wonderful that the only thing you have to change in this life in order to be happy is yourself? God loves us all and wants all of us to be happy. God won't force happiness on us, though. The choice is always left up to us. Some people think that being happy is something you do once you have solved all your problems or gotten all of your work done. This, however, is foolishness. If happiness has to wait until everything else is done then no one will ever be happy.
Instead of waiting then make your choice for happiness first. You will be surprised at how easily you will handle your problems when your heart is full of happiness. You will be surprised at how wonderful your work will seem when you do it with joy and love.
Start off each new day with smiles, laughter, thankfulness, joy, love, and prayer. Choose to live each day in the happiness God gives to you. Don't waste half a second on misery, let alone half a day or half a life.
Saturday at 10:51 AM
Saturday at 9:23 AM
Here is a history of Memorial Day as presented by VA.Gov
Memorial Day History
Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
The ceremonies centered around the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion, once the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Various Washington officials, including Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns.
Local Observances Claim To Be First Local springtime tributes to the Civil War dead already had been held in various places. One of the first occurred in Columbus, Miss., April 25, 1866, when a group of women visited a cemetery to decorate the graves of Confederate soldiers who had fallen in battle at Shiloh. Nearby were the graves of Union soldiers, neglected because they were the enemy. Disturbed at the sight of the bare graves, the women placed some of their flowers on those graves, as well.
Today, cities in the North and the South claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day in 1866. Both Macon and Columbus, Ga., claim the title, as well as Richmond, Va. The village of Boalsburg, Pa., claims it began there two years earlier. A stone in a Carbondale, Ill., cemetery carries the statement that the first Decoration Day ceremony took place there on April 29, 1866. Carbondale was the wartime home of Gen. Logan. Approximately 25 places have been named in connection with the origin of Memorial Day, many of them in the South where most of the war dead were buried.
Official Birthplace Declared In 1966, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y., the “birthplace” of Memorial Day. There, a ceremony on May 5, 1866, honored local veterans who had fought in the Civil War. Businesses closed and residents flew flags at half-staff. Supporters of Waterloo’s claim say earlier observances in other places were either informal, not community-wide or one-time events.
By the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held on May 30 throughout the nation. State legislatures passed proclamations designating the day, and the Army and Navy adopted regulations for proper observance at their facilities.
It was not until after World War I, however, that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day. It was then also placed on the last Monday in May, as were some other federal holidays.
Some States Have Confederate Observances Many Southern states also have their own days for honoring the Confederate dead. Mississippi celebrates Confederate Memorial Day on the last Monday of April, Alabama on the fourth Monday of April, and Georgia on April 26. North and South Carolina observe it on May 10, Louisiana on June 3 and Tennessee calls that date Confederate Decoration Day. Texas celebrates Confederate Heroes Day January 19 and Virginia calls the last Monday in May Confederate Memorial Day.
Gen. Logan’s order for his posts to decorate graves in 1868 “with the choicest flowers of springtime” urged: “We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. ... Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.”
The crowd attending the first Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery was approximately the same size as those that attend today’s observance, about 5,000 people. Then, as now, small American flags were placed on each grave — a tradition followed at many national cemeteries today. In recent years, the custom has grown in many families to decorate the graves of all departed loved ones.
Only two people have offered to give their lives for you, Jeasus Christ, and the American Serviceman, please pause at 3pm on Monday for a moment of silence to remember them both.
Saturday at 8:25 AM
During the day, flowers follow the motion of the sun, bending to find the light they need for growth.
I grow spiritually when I continually turn to bask in the illuminating power of God. I depend on the divine presence for my spiritual and emotional development. Through my practice of prayer and meditation, I open myself daily to the light of Spirit. In my quiet commune with God, I gradually accept the Truth that I am loved.
With time and practice, I blossom with the realization that I am the very essence of God and I am blessed. I am made in the image and likeness of the Divine. This realization is a profound personal experience. The greatest realization of my life is to know with all my being that God and I are One.
The Father and I are one.—John 10:30