Memorial Day (2017)

The story goes that Memorial Day celebration had a very humble start. After the Civil War, a mother in a small town in Mississippi, was placing flowers on her son’s grave. She went to the corner of the cemetery to two mounds of earth (no headstone) and placed flowers there, too. Someone pointed out that there were two Yankee soldiers buried there what was she doing. She said that there probably was a mother and spouse up North who were grieving for their loved one also, and she was placing the flowers for them. Memorial day is not Veterans Day but a day to pray for all who have given their lives for our freedom. For us Catholics, every day is Memorial Day in the sense that we remember Jesus’ sacrificial death in the memorial we call the “mass.” Christ gave His life for our spiritual freedom.

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