‘Let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.’

– Dwight Eisenhower

 

Have you hugged a Veteran today?

WE LOVE THEM ALL!!

 


 

I promised you pictures of the fall gathering of ‘Ernie’s girls’ from Heartwood Senior Living and here they are!  We had a western/cowboy theme for this get together and everyone was given cowboy hats to wear.  As you can see in the photos, there was a real cowgirl (from Oklahoma) present so she is the only one who knew how to truly wear her kerchief and hat, pressed straight and low on her head.  But, regardless of how the hats were worn, everyone was a good sport and had a great time!


And, an ADDED blessing for us was a couple of visitors from the Presbyterian Homes & Services office located in Minneapolis (Presbyterian Homes owns/manages Heartwood Senior Living in conjunction with our local medical center).  They wanted to see what the residents enjoyed doing so tagged along on the outing.  I think they enjoyed it just as much as everyone and we hope to see them again when we get together for food and fun next spring!

Even our dog Lily joined in (well, she wasn’t such a good sport … she did it because Mom said so!)

We are so blessed by our Heartwood friends and enjoy their company so much!!! 

 


 

This has been a busy month for us!  Prayers of thanksgiving go out for the crosses shared by these folks during October:

Paul – PA

Pam – WA

Bonita – MN

Ely United Methodist Church – Ely, MN

Donna – PA

Don – MN

Shirley – NV

St. Louis Bertrand Catholic Church – Foreston, MN

Carol – AZ

Crossing Home – Minneapolis, MN

God’s Country Cooperative Parish – Newberry, MI

Beautiful Hope Baptist Church – Springdale, AR

Trinity Lutheran Church – Billings, MT

Prairie Hill Church – Shakopee, MN for Operation Christmas Child

Zed – MN

Brenda – OK

 


 

The Christmas shopping season is on us.  The stores are already advertising ‘Black Friday’ sales … yikes!!  Before we get ‘crushed’ by the rush of all the things we think we need to get done for family, friends, pastors, shut-ins, etc., let’s take a few minutes to thank Jesus for His blessings on us.  Let’s think about how good our life is with our Lord by our side; let’s think of His sacrifice for us and how our sins are washed away because of Him; let’s remember His birth, His life, and His grace.  Let’s take this time to be thankful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently, Ernie and I took a little trip through northern Minnesota.  It was a short 2 day trip but enough for us to get away from the woodshop and our obligations to our dog, as well as to others.  It was a much needed break.

We stopped at a few waterfalls and river mouths pouring into Lake Superior, took a few photos of the waves crashing against the shoreline, saw the loaded ships waiting patiently in the Duluth harbor, visited a few ore mines.  We aren’t the typical tourist type people … we prefer to travel slow, winding back roads instead of the nicely paved thoroughfares that get you there fast.  It was pre-peak color season but the scenery was still breathtaking.

Of everything we saw in those two days, two things still stick so vividly today and I wanted to share them.  We chose to travel through Superior National Forest by Grand Marais, specifically on Sawbill Trail … a heavily tree canopied gravel road that climbs up and down as it snakes through the Sawtooth Mountains (that’s it in the photo).  As we drove along in the comfort of our warm van on that nicely maintained road, we talked about what it must have been like for the Natives or pioneers as they picked their way carefully and probably painfully, either by foot or on horseback, over the rough terrain.  The trees were close together and the rocks deposited by the glaciers jutted out everywhere.  It was hilly; brush was close together; their treks must have been exhausting with, sometimes, little headway made.  The trees were turning beautiful shades of orange, yellow and red and we wondered if they even noticed the beauty surrounding them at this time of year.  Or, were they so busy gathering food and wood to get them through the impending winter, they couldn’t see God’s handiwork?  What their life must have been.  Again, from the comfort of the van, I thought it would be a great opportunity to experience that lifestyle … for an hour or two.  The thought made me appreciate modern technology.

Our favorite part on the Sawbill Trail was Heartbreak Ridge.  Not named for spooning couples who decided to call it quits and leap off the ledge at that spot (which is what everyone obviously thinks), Heartbreak Ridge is the section of the road where the grade is very long and relatively steep, with 90 degree turns and twists.  In the winter, loggers were no longer able to navigate this grade so all logging stopped until the spring thaw and THAT was the heartbreak.  Obviously, that time was before this area became a National Forest … GOOD FOR US!

The second precious memory of the trip was our stayover in Ely and we decided to have Vietnamese food for supper.  The people at the motel told us the restaurant was small; fortunately, they didn’t tell us it was mostly take out or we would have missed an awesome chance meeting.  The restaurant was small, with only 3 tiny tables, but the menu made up for it.  It was enormous  … with over 100 choices so, while we looked it over, we asked this man who was sitting by himself at a table if we could use a couple of his chairs.  He promptly invited us to share his table and our supper with him … what a blessing that turned out to be!!  As we ate and chatted, his eyes grew sad when he told us he was a widower and how much he missed his wife.  They had relocated from Milwaukee and had children in the area.  He talked about his military experience.  We told him a little about us … where we lived, what we did, our ministry … you know, all the normal stuff.  All the time, he kept his eye on the red pickup parked outside the door with 2 enormous (and I mean ENORMOUS) St. Bernards hanging out the window (well, as much of their bodies as the window had capacity for anyway).  This humorous sight did not allow one single person to pass by without these two getting a head pet, drooly chin rub or snag a photo opportunity … and we watched as this happened over and over and over!  He smiled as he said those two dogs were his and they ‘modeled’ for more photographic opportunities than anything else in the area, right from the passenger side of the truck!  Gentle love giants at 180# each, these ‘lap puppies’, as he referred to them, were his constant companions and we could see they filled his heart with joy. All too soon, our meal was over and our ways would part.  Before we said our good-byes, Ernie gave him one of our crosses and our new friend said something we have heard many times before:  ‘This is what it’s all about anyway, isn’t it?’  Yup!!

It was a GREAT TRIP!!!

 


 

Several folks have contacted us already for crosses they want to pack in the shoeboxes that will be sent to less fortunate kids across the world at Christmas time (Operation Christmas Child) and we are so happy to fill their requests!  If you, your church or your organization are thinking you would like to participate in the Operation Christmas Child project, click HERE for more information.

Or, if you have another worthy cause you are supporting and would like to receive crosses to present to the participants, please let us know as soon as you can so we can make sure you get the crosses in time.

Thanks!

 


 

And, from Paul in Beaver Falls, PA:

‘Most people thru out Beaver Falls, Ellwood City and others of the Beaver Valley in Pennsylvania have seen me sitting on the tailgate of my old truck handing out yard crosses (measuring about 12” x 18”).  The Yard Cross ministry is an outreach program and is affiliated with Riverview United Methodist Church in Patterson Township, Beaver Falls.

In late November, 2009, my wife and I embarked on a, what we thought, was going to be a one time thing.  We decided to make up about 50 yard crosses to hand out to our church family as a way of showing our faith to the public by displaying the crosses in front of our homes. 

As of August of this year, we have handed out 18,171 yard crosses.  We never expected that we would ever hand out that many crosses!  Our mission statement is “To supply as many yard crosses as needed, to be placed in front of an individual’s home or business, as a way of showing our love of Jesus Christ and our Christian values.”

We are happy to say that Cross The World is involved with Paul and his ministry and that our crosses are accompanying him as he travels around, sharing his love and handworks for the Lord.  He is a great disciple of Christ!  Thank you, Paul, for letting CTW be a part of your awesome ministry!!

 


 

Charles Stanley said:  ‘Our lives are about fulfilling the heavenly Father’s purpose.  Many people miss out on its goodness because they choose to follow personal preferences instead, believing their own choices are better.  Obedience is sometimes hard, but the struggle and sacrifice are worth it.  The Lord’s ways and principles lead believers to joy and peace.’

Lord, you will do everything you have planned for me.  Lord, your faithful love continues forever.
You have done so much for us.  Don’t stop now. 

Psalm 138: 8

We appreciate how our CTW family shows their love for others!!!  Thank you to the following who requested crosses to share last month.  We are ever so grateful.

Faith Community United Methodist Church – Rochester, PA

Faith Assembly – Imperial, CA

CUPS – Lafayette, LA

St. Francis Hospital Pastoral Care – Tulsa, OK

Dodie – MN

Helen – ND

Marian – MN

Don – MN

Immanuel Watson Parish – Boyd, MN

Jan for St. Matthews United Church of Christ – Forest City, MN 125th anniversary

Pam – PA

Pam – WA

Carla – MN

Frank – MI for Operation Christmas Child

 


 

 I loved autumn, the season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it. 

– Lee Maynard

 

 

 

This cloud appeared for a few fleeting seconds over our lake the other day when we were out for a boat ride.   It gently reminded us that God’s presence is truly everywhere; we only need to look for it.  What a comforting sight!!  He is such a great Father to us and we are so humbly thankful He has chosen to watch over us!

 

Relax in His presence!!

 


 

These family members blessed others with crosses during the month of August:

Carol – VA

Paul – PA

Hilltop Chapel – Palisade, MN

Don – MN

Lake Union Evangelical Covenant Church – South Haven, MN for Operation Christmas Child

Open Door Community Church – Breezy Point, MN

Holy Redeemer Holy Name Society – Ellwood City, PA

Deborah – NV

Mt. Zion Lutheran Church – Tucson, AZ

Trinity Lutheran Church – Detroit Lakes, MN

 


 

We are loved by a God who never makes mistakes.

Jessica Honegger

 


 

David Koblish is a soloist and recording artist from Minneapolis, MN and is considered one of the great favorites in sacred music. His beautiful and natural voice is heard in music that is Contemporary, Traditional, Inspirational, Country Western and Southern Gospel.

In 1973, he and his wife started their faith ministry, Under His Wings.  Since then, David has been singing full-time, performing at churches of all denominations, sizes and locations; Bible conferences; crusades; and evangelistic services.  Through his song, he shares God’s word and tells people about Christ’s redemption for them.  He’s musically ministered at conferences throughout Asia, South America, and Europe with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, sometimes singing songs in the native language.  Additionally, he’s had the privilege of recording with the Bill Gaither Vocal Group along with other national groups as well.

David’s mandate from his Savior is to take the gospel message to every corner of the earth.  This means EVERY corner, both big and small.

We heard him recently and were joyfully filled with the Holy Spirit through his music.  If you would like a singer/speaker for your church service, banquet, meeting, festival, or event of any kind, we would heartily recommend you consider booking David Koblish.  We guarantee his music will fill your heart and you will, in turn, rejoice in His goodness!

For more information about David’s ministry, Under His Wings, or to view his booking schedule, please click HERE.

 


 

May today there be peace within.

May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others.

May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be content with yourself just the way you are.

Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.

It is there for each and every one of us.

 

 

 

Recently, Ernie and I were able to share some crosses with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) folks visiting from West Virginia and learn a little bit about their program.  Simply put, YWAM is a worldwide interdenominational movement of young people with the common goal to know God and to make Him known.  Some of you may already be familiar with the program and recognize YWAM’s logo to the right.

For those of you (like us) who are just discovering this wonderful program, here’s some background information I found on their website for you.  In 1960, YWAM started working with young people in all parts of the world, training them to go out and help others to have a better understanding of who God is and inspiring them to further their relationship with Him (in the years to come, this program would reach out to thousands of youth, ages 9 – 90!).  The training comes through Discipleship Training Schools, a 5 month program (3 months classroom, 2 months outreach) where young people focus on mission work, cultivating their personal relationship with God and developing their personal character.  Additionally, they are encouraged to identify the unique individual gifts they possess and transform them into personal ministries they can share with others.  Some of these ministries include promoting creativity in music; sharing passion for outdoor activities such as hunting, archery, canoeing, or hiking; and hosting mission teams.

The folks we met from WV are very dedicated to serving the community in their area.  It was a joy to introduce them to Cross The World and welcome them to our family.  To read more about their personal mission in the West Virginia area, please click HERE.

 


 

 

Aaahhh, summer in Minnesota!!  Gotta love it!!!

 


 

‘Think of all the people you cross paths with each day.  You might be reflecting Jesus to some who have been blind to the truth of God.  Your oneness with the Lord makes you an asset to the body of Christ, too.  You have no idea how many lives might be touched by yours.’ – Charles Stanley

We thank the following for touching others with the cross during the month of July:

Birchwood Church – Soldotna, AK

Crossing Home – Mpls, MN

Hilltop Chapel – Palisade, MN

North Gate Vida Nueva – Onamia, MN

St. Francis Hospital Pastoral Care – Tulsa, OK

Central MN Faith Community, St. Cloud Hospital – St. Cloud, MN

Dodie – MN

Open Door Community Church – Breezy Point, MN for mission work through YWAM in West Virginia

Don – MN

St. Peters Church – New York Mills, MN

St. Paul Lutheran Church – Grafton, WI for a mission trip to Cambodia

Carol – PA

Providence Physical Therapy – Surf City, NC

 


 

We all have gifts.  They differ in keeping with the grace that God has given each of us.  Do you have the gift of prophecy?  Then use it in keeping with the faith you have.  Is it your gift to serve?  Then serve.  Is it teaching?  Then teach.  Is it telling others how they should live?  Then tell them.  Is it giving to those who are in need?  Then give freely.  Is it being a leader.  Then work hard at it.  Is it showing mercy?  Then do it cheerfully.

– Romans 12: 6-8

 

God Bless America!

America was founded by people who believe that God was their rock of safety.  I recognize we must be cautious in claiming that God is on our side, but I think it’s all right to keep asking if we’re on His side.

– Ronald Regan

 


 

In June, our crosses traveled with these folks.  We appreciate your sharing the love of God with others.

Trinity Lutheran Church – Fergus Falls, MN for Lamp mission trip to northern Canada

        Open Door Community Church – Breezy Point, MN

Paul – PA

The Center for Family Counseling – St. Cloud, MN

Grace Lutheran Church – Erskine, MN

Linda – MN preparing for Operation Christmas Child

                 Bill – MN

Arkansas Children’s Northwest – Springdale, AR

Don – MN

Candice – CA for the homeless ministry

Trinity Lutheran Church – Cedarburg, WI

Theresa – MN

Hilltop Chapel – Palisade, MN

 


 

This last week, Ernie and I hosted our early summer indoor picnic for the group of willing hands from Heartwood Senior Living in Crosby, MN who have helped us string crosses every month since we introduced them to Cross The World in January, 2015.   Click HERE to read the original story on them.

This is always a fun time for us and it’s a small way we can show our appreciation to them.   This year’s picnic was themed ‘Queen For a Day’ and everyone was provided with tiaras and corsages.  Usually, we picnic with about 12 women.  This time, we were blessed with a bonus … a gentleman came along who is new to the facility and it didn’t take long for him to fit right in with the group (although for some reason he didn’t want to wear his tiara!).  We look forward to seeing him on cross stringing day!


 


 

 

 

 

We LOVE this dedicated group of workers soooo much.  They are ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!  Each month, they string a little over 2500 crosses for us in an hour and we’re pretty sure they don’t realize they’re even working when they do it … all we hear is chatter and laughter!  It’s a grand time and we are oh so thankful that God put this awesome bunch in our lives!

Stay tuned … plans are already in the works for their fall get together!!

 


 

A couple weeks ago, Ernie and I had the opportunity to experience a double header … a musical double header, that is. And, the experience filled our souls with resounding joy that we’re still enjoying today!!

Saturday night, we attended a Polka worship service at a local Lutheran church. Accordians, drums and a tuba filled the sanctuary with lively polka music while the congregation sang familiar worship lyrics to the energetic toe-tappin’ pace … total fun!!! The sanctuary was ROCKIN’!!  And, of course, what could finish that evening off better than brats on the grill and German potato salad??? We’ll be back next year!!!

The next morning, we were musically treated again as another church close to us hosted the Garms family. This talented Christian family of 8 travels from city to city around the country spreading the Gospel, relating personal testimonials and delivering engaging renditions of well-known gospel songs as well as introducing their audiences to beautiful compositions of their own. This was the first time we’ve seen this family perform and they were ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!  The entire congregation was totally captivated by their energy and presence; it is obvious they love the Lord!! I think they preform mostly in churches but for more clarification on them or to check their performance schedule, click HERE. Just a word: If this family comes close to where you live, don’t pass up the opportunity to be part of their audience!! I guarantee you’ll come away from their performance uplifted and FULL of His spirit!!!

Rejoice in His Goodness!!

 


 

A couple of folks shared some nice thoughts:

‘This group of ordered crosses will go to our Family Camp Retreat attendees.  We meet in CA this year and are a group of about 75 Christians who come together once a year to praise, refresh and renew.  The Spanish crosses will travel with a small group from our church, New Song Lutheran, to Ensenada, Mexico to a school and orphanage named Lantern Hill.’ 

Thank you for your ministry – Sheila

♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥

‘I really appreciate what you, Ernie, and all who volunteer are doing to reach people around the world with the love of Jesus. Seeing God’s hand in all of this is a beautiful example to me of His great love, and personally brings encouragement as He places things on my heart today in which to share through writing. What He has orchestrated through Cross the World is a reminder to me that He truly does work “all things together for good”. Thank you again for your labor of love. I look forward to meeting you one day.’ 

Many Blessings, Holly – TX

 

JoAn’s note:  Holly is the author of the message tag that accompanies each of our crosses and we were so happy to find her!  Her mother, Nancy, wrote a testimonial about our relationship, which we featured March, 2017.  To view it, click HERE.

 


 

We are always thankful for everyone who makes up the Cross The World family and who ‘walk’ the cross to others so they, too, can enjoy the experience of God’s love.  You are all a blessing to us!  This month, these folks took up the cross for others:

Don – MN

Restoration Books and Gifts – Crosby, MN

Hopewell Methodist Church – Rayland, OH

Luverne – MN

Carla – MN

Crossing Home – Minneapolis, MN

Nancy – MO

Community Lutheran Church – Bullhead City, AZ

Sheila – NV

Faith Works – El Paso, TX

United Methodist Church – Willmar, MN

Hilltop Chapel – Palisade, MN

 


 

In addition to Flag Day (June 14th) and the beginning of summer (June 21st), this month is the month we celebrate our AWESOME, MUCH LOVED FATHERS!

Prayer is a simple gift you can offer anytime, anywhere for ALL the dads in your life.  Spend a little time on Father’s Day thanking God for the blessing of their presence.  Pray for their strength and guidance. Ask Him for the ability to see and celebrate the good in them, offer them grace in their brokenness, and encouragement for the daily journey.  And remember the greatest DAD of all  … God’s fatherhood is an extraordinary gift to us. As we honor our earthly fathers in a couple of weeks, let’s celebrate even more that we are in God’s family and children of a perfect father.

 

 

 

 

May Blessings

 

 

Sunday, May 13th is Mother’s Day.  I wanted to share some thoughts by second graders on the question:  ‘Why did God make moms?’

 

 

Why did God make mothers?

  1. She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
  2. Mostly to clean the house.
  3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?

  1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
  2. Magic, plus super powers … and a lot of stirring.
  3. God made my mom just the same like He made me .. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?

  1. God made mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world … and one dab of mean.
  2. They had to get their start from men’s bones. Then, they used string, I think.
  3. Sugar and spice and some Elmer’s glue … and rubber bands.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?

  1. We’re related.
  2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people’s mom like me.
  3. No one else wanted her.

What kind of a little girl was your mom?

  1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
  2. I don’t know because I wasn’t there … but my guess would be pretty bossy.
  3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?

  1. His last name.
  2. She had to know his background. Like, is he a crook?  Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?  Does he make at least $800 a year?

Why did your mom marry your dad?

  1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world … and my mom eats a lot!
  2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
  3. My grandma says that mom didn’t have her thinking cap on.

Who’s the boss at your house?

  1. Mom doesn’t want to be boss, but she has to because dad’s such a goofball.
  2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection.  She sees the stuff under the bed.
  3. I guess mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What’s the difference between moms and dads?

  1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
  2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
  3. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power because that’s who you go to ask if you want to sleep over at your friends.

What does your mom do in her spare time?

  1. Moms don’t do spare time.
  2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.
  3. Pick up my dad’s underwear.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?

  1. On the inside, she’s already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
  2. Diet … you know, her hair. I’d diet … maybe blue.
  3. If she let me eat candy and drink pop anytime I wanted … and if she got rid of vegetables all together.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?

  1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I’d get rid of that.
  2. I’d make my mom smarter. Then, she would know it was my sister who did it … not me.
  3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

Awww … from the mouths of babes!!  But, we all know that God made mothers for us to love, respect and, for us women, to path our lives just like them.  What would we do, what would we be without our moms?   Not just on May 13th, but every day of our lives, let’s hug them, take them out to lunch or bring them flowers, and tell them how much we love and admire them.  Let’s thank God for choosing them for us and be ever grateful to Him for their presence in our lives.

 

A mother is one who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take. – G. Mermillod

 


 

Some words of thanks from a couple of our CTW family members:

‘We shared the crosses as a gift for the elderly homebound parishioners at First Lutheran as a part of a special communion service on Maundy Thursday. They each held them as a precious treasure. Many thanks for these wonderful, but simple gifts.’ – Helene, IA

‘It was great talking with you to place our order for 600 crosses for our Operation Christmas Child Shoebox packing party.  God will be sending these beautiful works of art to several countries around the world.  Thanks for sharing the talents God has given you with us so we can share God’s love through our shoeboxes.’ – Edna, AZ

Thanks so much for sharing, Helene and Edna!!

 


 

During April, our crosses were shared by these folks.  We thank them for their service for Him.

Carla – MN

Ginny – MN

Open Door Community Church – Breezy Point, MN

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church – Cohasset, MN

Edna – AZ for Operation Christmas Child

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church – Desboro, Ontario Canada

First Lutheran Church – Milford, IA

Hopewell Methodist Church – Rayland, OH

Cooks Congregational Church – Manistique, MI

Redemption Church – Tucson, AZ

Cindy – MN

Kay – MN

Bob – MN

 


 

The last weekend of May is a very important remembrance time period for us.

 

On Friday, May 25th, we will observe NATIONAL POPPY DAY, which, thanks to the efforts of the American Legion and its Auxiliary, is celebrated in countries around the world.

In 1920, the poppy became the official flower of the American Legion family to memorialize the soldiers who fought and died during the war and in 1924, the distribution of poppies became one of their national programs.  Led by the American Legion Auxiliary, each year red poppies are distributed and we join them in asking that you wear one to honor the fallen and support the living who have worn our nation’s uniform.

 

We will observe MEMORIAL DAY and the NATIONAL MOMENT OF REMEMBRANCE on Monday, the 28th.

The story of MEMORIAL DAY begins in the summer of 1865 in Waterloo, NY when a prominent  druggist, Henry C. Welles, mentioned to some of his friends at a social gathering that in addition to praising the living veterans of the Civil War, it would be well to remember the patriotic dead by placing flowers on their graves. Apparently, his suggestion didn’t go very far that year but, in 1866, he reiterated his idea to General John B. Murray who was an intensely patriotic civil war hero.  The idea was supported wholeheartedly and plans were developed for a more complete celebration by a local citizens’ committee headed by Welles and Murray.

On May 5, 1866, Waterloo was decorated with flags at half mast, draped with evergreens and mourning black. Veterans, civic societies and residents marched to the strains of martial music to the three village cemeteries. There, impressive ceremonies were held and soldiers’ graves decorated.  These ceremonies were repeated the next year and, in 1868, other surrounding communities began to hold their own observance on May 30th.  In 1971, Memorial Day was declared by the federal government to be observed on the last day of Monday in May.

While several towns claim to be the originators of Memorial Day, in 1966 Congress declared Waterloo, NY to be the birthplace of the holiday.

To ensure the sacrifices of America’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act.”  This act is intended to ‘encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity’.

THE NATIONAL MOMENT OF REMEMBRANCE encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.

 


 

We ask that you honor our heroes and what they have provided us,
through their sacrifices,
not only this coming Memorial Weekend but always.

Our freedom came at a cost.