May 30, 2018
Link to Billy Graham’s message honoring our fallen soldiers: https://billygraham.org/story/a-timeless-billy-graham-message-for-memorial-day/
An old-fashioned Memorial Day
Both of our fathers served in the military in WWII. My husband’s father continued in the service until he retired. One of our sons was in the Army, and our youngest son is currently an officer in the Navy. Our son who is not in the military makes contributions to the safety and effectiveness of our troops through his research (he is a college professor).
Each Memorial Day my husband and I try to visit a little farming community in Nebraska, where my husband’s parents were born, and where some of our family and friends still live.
This Memorial Day, we were at the Tekamah cemetery for the 8:00 service. There we paid tribute to the military men and women who gave their lives for our country.
The ceremony began with a local pilot flying low over the cemetery twice. American flags were flying from the wings.
“Three ladies and a Song” led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem.
A wreath was presented by the local American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, honoring our fallen soldiers.
A retired general who grew up in the area, talked with us about the Korean War — the Forgotten War. He talked of the bravery, and gave us the statistics of the huge numbers of lives that were taken in that war. He reminded us to be thankful for all those people who sacrificed for us.
“Three Ladies and a Song” led us in singing “God Bless America” and then shared with us a song one of them had found in the local historical museum. It was a lovely tribute to our American Flag, composed by someone who used to live in the area.
After the ceremony, we visited some graves of family members, and then joined others at the American Legion hall for cinnamon rolls, coffee, juice or water, and good visiting.
It was an old-fashioned Memorial Day.
Linked below is an excerpt from the text of a memorial address that Billy Graham gave to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1955, sixteen years before Memorial Day became a federal holiday.
People have died to keep America free — purchasing our freedom with their blood.
A Timeless Memorial Day Message from Billy Graham
By Billy Graham • May 24, 2018