As we observe Memorial Day, and remember all the men and women who have given their lives for our freedom and well being, I wanted to share with you these words from
Lyman Smith, CAPT, CHC, USN, Retired, Director, Presbyterian Federal Chaplaincies written a couple of years ago.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27 NIV).

Memorial Day calls us as individuals and as a nation to remember all who have died in military service to our country. Our Memorial Day dates to the Civil War, as mothers and widows, both north and south, decorated the graves of their loved ones who had perished. The 30th of May became the traditional date for remembrance. Now we remember our fallen on the final Monday of May.
Presbyterians pursue peace between and among all people in our communities and across the globe — a lasting peace, not as the world knows, but as God has given and called us to seek and to share.
As we observe Memorial Day…. let us remember and be thankful for those throughout history who have sacrificed their lives in response to our nation’s call. Even today, because of their dedication and service with honor, we continue to enjoy freedom to celebrate life, act freely, pursue justice and proclaim the Good News of the Gospel.
Informed by the selfless service of those we remember, may we increase our actions and efforts to bring unity and trust between and among all people regardless of our differences.