May 27, 2013

Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day, many will visit the cemeteries where loved ones were buried and in some of those cemeteries a community leader may be called up to make a brief address. Such was the case in 1960 when L.W. Shultz was asked to speak at the Lancaster Township Cemetery. On this Memorial Day here is an excerpt from that Memorial Day Address.

 "We of today need to remember that the strength of our civilization is spiritual rather than scientific or physical. America has become great because of its ideals which have their roots in the church life of yesterday and today. Twelve of the original thirteen colonies were founded by church groups. Our schools, hospitals and charitable institutions were founded by the churches of our lands. The ideals and framework of our human rights came out of the Christian faith and teaching. And so for the future assurance that we may have the blessings of God and His guidance for our children and their children we need the Church. Let us strengthen it by our faithful attendance and support. In the great events of life - birth - marriage and death we recognize it. Let us do so every day as well as on Sunday.

"We should come as did the wise men of old to say as he did in Ecclesiastes. 12:13 - "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter - Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man."