Verse of the Day:
“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12:15)
From:Vic Primeaux <------@---------.com>
Subject:MEMORIAL DAY History
Date:Friday, May 25, 2007 11:11:21 AM
For a good video clip on the history of Memorial Day -- which began as Decoration Day in 1868 -- click here for the video which is under 4 minutes in length:
“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence.
"It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.” -- Samuel Adams
Sam Adams was a Son of Liberty, the political "boss" of the Boston town meeting, maltster, tax collector, essayist, signer of the Declaration of Independence and Articles of Confederation, leader of the Continental Congress, and a great influence over the public life of Massachusetts during the early years of the Republic.
Sam died on October 2, 1803; he was 81. Bells tolled and flags were flown at half-mast. In Washington, DC officials wore black arm bands in honor of America's Revolutionary War leader. His vision of American independence never left him. He vowed to take the British on by himself if necessary.
Among his great remarks is: "The rights of the colonists as Christians … may best be understood by studying the institutes of the great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament."