In the United States, Memorial Day is a federal holiday reserved for honoring and remembering those who died while serving in the armed forces. Memorial Day originated as Decoration Day, after the American Civil War in 1868. The Grand Army of the Republic established it as a time for the entire nation to use flowers to decorate the graves of those killed in the Union war.
Memorial Day was formed in the 20th century when the Union and Confederate holiday traditions (which were celebrated on different days) merged. It was eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.
On Memorial Day, the United States flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.
When the flag is at the half-staff position, it serves as a reminder of the more than one million men and women that gave their lives while serving their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.
#ThankYouOKCPD / “Hot Spot” Map & Intercessory Prayer
Thank you for your continued Intercessory Prayer over these “Hot Spots” that we refer to as “Strong Holds”. ECF has entered into a Spiritual Partnership with our OKCPD – we pray for police officers, the criminals and the victims. You are encouraged to pray daily, not only for our OKCPD, but for all of those who watch over us! AMEN!!!
Thank You Staff, for stepping up while our Senior Pastor, David L. Oxley, is recovering from back surgery. Pastor Oxley continues to make progress in his recovery. He and First Lady, Kaye, appreciate the continued prayers and encouragement.
- Tuesday, May 30th – Noon Prayer at First Lutheran Church
- Wednesday, May 31st – 9:00AM Men’s Breakfast at Nina’s
- Wednesday, May 31st – 7:00PM Divine Mercies with Pastor Greg Smith
- Wednesday, May 31st – 7:00PM Youth Service with Pastor Ethan Cox