*Today’s post is a memorial, dedicated to all soldiers of justice.
The purpose of a memorial is to recognize and remember… to serve as a reminder… to preserve memory.
Many countries around the world have established November 11th as a memorial, with 11 a.m. set aside for a moment of silence.
In our recollection, let us be mindful, recounting and recalling those who have sacrificed greatly, in some cases their all, to procure the many freedoms we enjoy.
Some History To This Armistice Memorial
In 1918, at the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month,” Allied powers and Germany brought World War I to a close with the signing of an armistice at Rethondes, France.
This is also why the “moment of silence” is observed at 11 a.m. on November 11th.
In January of 1918, US President Woodrow Wilson had proposed policies, known as Fourteen Points outlining a diplomatic solution to the war.
Even though the armistice ended the fighting, it took half a year of negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference to render the Treaty of Versailles.
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This treaty is on display in the Hall of Mirrors inside the Palace of Versailles in Paris.
President Wilson declared the first Armistice Day in 1919.
Until 1945, November 11th was memorialized as “Armistice Day” in Great Britain, France and the US; a day dedicated to the cause of world peace.
After World War II, Armistice Day was recognized as a day of tribute to veterans of both world wars.
British Commonwealth countries recognize Armistice Day as “Remembrance Day” and is observed as a memorial of members of armed forces of all wars.
In 1945, World War II veteran, Raymond Weeks, wanted to expand the meaning of Armistice Day to honor all veterans. He became the driving force behind what is now known as Veterans Day.
Beginning in 1954, the United States designated November 11 as Veterans Day to honor veterans of all U.S. wars, whether living, dead in action, or deceased from other causes.
In other countries, November 11th is set aside specifically for honoring those who died in action.
In the US, Memorial Day, also known as Decoration Day, is the official national remembrance of the war dead. It dates back to the years following the American Civil War when the graves of soldiers were decorated.
In most states, the observance of Memorial Day is held on May 30th, honoring those who died in the service of their country. In Canada, Memorial Day is observed with Canada Day on July 1st in Newfoundland and Labrador.
A Memorial To Love
You see, soldiers of justice are issued orders that they fiercely obey.
They carry out their orders in war, and war on crime.
Why do they do this?
They do it because love and obedience are two sides of the same reality.
Not the somewhat vague, often sentimental feeling that is associated to love, but the reality revealed in obedience.
John 15:3 says,
“Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.“
Please think about that a moment. Remember those who have paid the heaviest sacrifice in laying down their lives for freedoms so easily taken for granted.
Remembrance Day is also known as “Poppy Day,” named for the bright blood-red flowers that grew wild in some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, and now a familiar symbol for the bloodshed there.
I encourage you to take a moment to watch this short video.
For the acronym buffs… I define the word MEMORIAL as a…
Monumental Edifice Made Ostensibly Recognizing Infantrymen Affording Liberty
I think it wise in our remembrances to also think of other soldiers of justice who are fighting wars on other fronts. Police officers and rescue workers the world over put their lives on the line on a daily basis.
It is my fervent hope that this memorial will serve as a reminder for people everywhere to BE LOVE TO OTHERS.
Have Your Say…
Do you have a loved one who has served or is serving your country?
Please share your memorial thoughts and remembrances here. I will love to know more. Thank you kindly!