Church Memorial Day Ideas: Free Memorial Day Bulletin Inserts, Bulletin Covers, Memorial Day Card, Patriotic Memorial Day Songs...
These ideas for your church on Memorial Day such as the ones below plus Church Bulletin Covers, Inserts and Memorial Day Flyers are a great way to observe and show honor on this special holiday.
Memorial Day – The History
Each May, the United States celebrates a day called Memorial Day.
Memorial Day was first widely observed in May 1868. The celebration
commemorated the sacrifices of the Civil War and the proclamation was
made by General John A. Logan.
Following the proclamation, participants
decorated more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldier’s graves.
In the following years since World War 1, the day has become a
celebration of honor for those brave men and women who died in all
America’s wars, as well as those who are Veterans and current members of
the U.S. military.
Memorial Day was declared a national holiday in 1971. The U.S. celebrates this holiday the last Monday of May.
Memorial Day Ideas
Here are some Memorial Day ideas such as:
On Sunday evening before Memorial Day (May 30th), as we prepare to
remember the sacrifices made by those who have fought our nation’s wars,
please turn on the lights or light candles in your houses of worship
and in your homes. Leave them on through the night until the dawn comes
on Memorial Day. We can demonstrate to the world that we share common
values as people of faith and as patriots by this simple action. This
will also bear witness to our commitment to peace and good will in the
United States and all around the world.
Identify and honor the fallen soldiers from your
state or local region, particularly but not exclusively at your church
service. If you can use flowers (single rose per soldier from your
region, bouquets…), make sure that there are more flowers that will
represent the loss of other lives (Iraqi, etc.). You could have your
Sunday School children make some flowers by using small Styrofoam or
plant cups with green foam and put some small fake flowers with a little
American flag for great flower arrangements.
You can use several periods of silence and guided
meditations during the church service. Try to use speakers minimally.
Depending on the size of your congregation, you may encourage people to
share their reflections (not a good idea if the congregation is large).
At the end of the church service the congregation
can take the flowers and go outside to create a makeshift memorial on
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