Memorial Day 2021 will be radically different than its annual observance 12 months ago. This time last year our nation was struggling against the deadly coronavirus pandemic, a global plague that has taken the lives of more than 600,000 Americans. …

Perhaps many have forgotten the meaning of Memorial Day as a time to honor the brave men and women of the Armed Services who have sacrificed their lives so that we may enjoy the many freedoms that define the American way of life.

Memorial Day traces its origins back to an order issued on May 5, 1868, by Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, a veterans’ organization that…

– Douglas Carver, chaplain (major general), U.S. Army, retired, serves as executive director of chaplaincy at the North American Mission Board

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