The last Monday in May is Memorial Day. Typically a time for picnics and outdoor activities, the holiday can provide an easygoing social activity for you and your international friends.
Can you explain the origin of Memorial Day to them? Do you know how to highlight its Christian connections? Here is a little background information about the holiday:
After the Civil War (1861-1865) Memorial Day (then called Decoration Day) began informally. So many soldiers had died that people began to decorate their graves with wreaths and flowers, choosing May 30 as a special day to honor them. In 1971, Congress changed the name to Memorial Day and moved it to the last Monday of May.
Typical celebrations include parades, speeches, special readings, moments of silence and military exercises. People gather for picnics and barbecues, baseball games, or other outdoor outings.
Some churches have special services with a Memorial Day theme. These services may include communion, which is a memorial of the death of Jesus. Whereas the American soldiers who died in combat have fought to keep the United States free, He made the ultimate sacrifice, dying for the sins of all people everywhere so that anyone who believes in Him can be free forever.