Papa Joe’s Solid Ground

                           A Time To Be Thankful To Those Who Served

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”  (John 15:13) 

This verse in John uses the term friends, indicating people we know, have a relationship with, a friend.

As I read this scripture the full impact of what our military men and women did for us rocked my world. These brave men and women risked their lives for people they didn’t even know. They pledged, and were committed to defend this country, the USA, and the people in it unconditionally. No knowledge of who they were or whether they, the people appreciated it or not. Now that’s commitment!

What is the true meaning of Memorial Day, and what does it represent?

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.

Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle. On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

This Day is typically a day of family get-together’s, barbecues, picnics all kicking off the beginning of summer. I pray as we enjoy all of the freedoms previously mentioned, and so many more, that we take time to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, to protect us men, women, and children of the United States Of America.. “One Nation Under God With Liberty, And Justice For All!”

“A thousand may fall at your side And ten thousand at your right hand, But it shall not approach you. You will only look on with your eyes And see the recompense of the wicked. For you have made the Lord, my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place. No evil will befall you, Nor will any plague come near your tent. For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, That you do not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and cobra, The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.

“Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him I will be with him in trouble. I will rescue him and honor him. “With a long life I will satisfy him And let him see My salvation.” (Psalm 91:7-16)

I Pray these brave soldiers made peace with their Savior that loved them so before they perished, preserving all the freedoms we enjoy today. Men make it a point to shake the hand, and say a kind word to any and all you happen to see in uniform, friend or stranger knowing that they are willing to give up their life for you and for me. Friend or strange the sacrifice is the same!

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Phil. 2:3-8)

Seek the Adventure, Strength and Honor, Papa Joe!