May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

In the United States, today is Memorial Day. A secular holiday, reminding us of our loved ones who have died and those who served and gave their lives defending our Nation. Many decorate graves and/or attend ceremonies honoring Veterans today.

I've come to think of today as an All Souls Day for non-Catholics. But, see, Catholics in the United States get BOTH!

If you can attend a Mass today: may be a good idea.


Blogger Smiley said...

Memorial day to remeber what those soldiers died for. they died so that we could have freedom. Freedom to live, not freedom to kill the innocent unborn.
Oh the mockery we make of those brave men when we provide lip service to honour them but destroy what they died to save.

May 25, 2009 3:22 PM  
Blogger swissmiss said...

I know of several parishes having Mass and then remembrances at the cemetery. My mother's family all gets together this day to remember and pray for all deceased family members at the cemetery in Hudson.

My father served in WWII in the Navy and used to proudly fly the flag on national holidays...until some time when I was still quite young and he stopped flying it (post Row v. Wade). He never spoke of it, never said why, just stopped hanging the flag; it sat undisturbed in the corner of his bedroom behind his dresser.

May 25, 2009 8:14 PM  
Blogger Nan said...

Memorial Day was originally to honor those who died in military service during the Civil War and has been expanded to include all who died in our nation's service.

May 25, 2009 8:50 PM  

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