2014-05-25 Sacred Purpose and Cherished Lives: Reflections On Memorial Day

Rev. Beth Banks, Worship Leader; Ellen Rosen, Worship Associate; Don Saylor, Guest Speaker

On May 5th, 1866, after the Civil War, pharmacist Henry Welles of Waterloo, New York, closed his drugstore and suggested that all other shops in town close for the day to honor the soldiers killed, union and confederate. It was a gesture of healing and reconciliation in a land ripped apart by conflict. 16 years later the nation observed its first official Memorial Day, a day set aside to remember and honor the sacrifice of those who died in all our nation’s wars. Today’s service will reflect on the history and meaning of the national holiday. We’ll also discuss the challenges faced by returning veterans and our shared commitment to them.

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