Memorial Day (May 25, 2020 – the last Monday in May) was early this year.  I don’t want us to miss the importance of this holiday.

In 1868, former Civil War General and Murphysboro, Illinois native John A. Logan, established Memorial Day when he said this about the war dead, “We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance.  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.”   Logan said we should never forget the cost of freedom. 

Look at these numbers, which remind us of the high cost of freedom.

America’s War Dead (those who died in battle)

American Revolution – 4,435                 

War of 1812 – 2,260

Civil War – 214,938                                

World War I – 53,402

World War II – 291,557                           

Korean War – 33,686

Vietnam War – 47,410

   As Americans, let’s always be grateful and let us never forget the sacrifice of these brave men and women who paid with their lives so that we might be free. 

As Christians, let us always be grateful and let us never forget the sacrifice of Jesus, Who paid with His perfect life so that we might be free from sin.

Romans 8:3: God sent His own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving His Son as a sacrifice for our sins.  

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Central Christian Church | Mount Vernon, Illinois