From spring through late autumn, each month (except August) offers an opportunity to celebrate our freedoms and thank those who have served, fought, and even died to preserve them. What will your church or organization do to remind members of God’s gifts to us in our nation?
Flag Day (June 14, 2011)
On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress approved the first official flag for the United States. This date went largely unnoticed until a Wisconsin schoolteacher urged his students to celebrate “Flag Birthday” in 1885. The idea spread quickly to other classrooms, and eventually people around the nation noticed it. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation making June 14 Flag Day and urging the entire nation to display and honor the flag on that day.
What a great occasion to remind your members to honor our country and to pray for those who lead it!
Independence Day (July 4, 2014)
The crown jewel of all our summertime patriotic observances, Independence Day marks the freedom God has granted our nation in the 235 years since the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. Despite the fact we celebrate it yearly, many Americans remain amazingly unaware of the origin of this holiday and its meaning. In one study, two out of every three citizens did not know that the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia, and one in three was unaware that we celebrate the Fourth of July to mark the adoption of the Declaration of Independence!
This website may help parents talk with their children about God’s gift of freedom.
Labor Day (September 1, 2014)
The U.S. Department of Labor describes Labor Day this way: “It is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.” President Grover Cleveland declared the first Labor Day in 1894. Today Labor Day is typically viewed as the last celebration of summer.
As your members observe this holiday, why not use the weekend as yet another reminder to thank God for the blessings we enjoy as U.S. citizens and to pray his continued blessings on those who lead and those who follow in our nation?
Veterans’ Day (November 11, 2014)
Veterans Day honors all who have served in the military, not just those who have died in military service. Originally observed as Armistice Day, November 11 marked the end of WW I and memorialized those who lost their lives in it. In 1945, Raymond Weeks a WW II vet, proposed expanding the celebration. His lobbying efforts over several years led Congress to pass a bill to that effect and President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954.
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