…1866 in Columbus, Mississippi. After an elderly mother had decorated with flowers the graves of her two sons killed in battle, she walked to the corner of the cemetery and placed her leftover flowers on the grave of an unknown Union soldier.
“What are you doing? That’s a union soldier’s grave!” yelled a Southerner. “Yes, I know that, but I also know that somewhere in the North a mother or young wife mourns for them as we do for ours,” responded the mother.
This compassionate and humbling deed of decorating military graves with flowers set into motion what became Decoration Day and then evolved to our current Memorial Day as we remember our nation’s military fallen.
In addition to remembering and reflecting on the fallen military veterans, we can show honor to the fallen by supporting and encouraging the living. One way to do this is through our new Lutheran Military Support Group (LMSG). This newly-formed ELS & WELS veterans’ partnership is requesting each congregation to have a veteran liaison to lead initiatives for organizing ways to help military veterans and their families. Memorial Day and Veterans Day are especially good times to show your support through your volunteering or donations of support. To learn more go to: www.LutheranMilitary.org