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Have a Meaningful Memorial Day

Richmond National Cemetery (photo: flickr/Bill Dickinson)

The Bridge blog is suspending activity on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day. We’ll be back with fresh content on Tuesday, May 31. In the meantime, please enjoy Rabbi Eckstein’s Memorial Day message, in which he discusses the mixed emotions this holiday weekend can inspire:

Memorial Day weekend in the U.S. can be a time of mixed feelings. On the one hand, it’s the unofficial beginning of summer. On the other hand, for those mourning the loss in war of a close relative or loved one, there is a deep and personal sense of grief, mingled with pride for their service.

On this day, besides the joy of spending time with family and friends – hopefully outdoors, in the beauty of God’s creation – we honor our heroes. Around the country, people will gather to remember those who, in the immortal words of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, gave "the last full measure of their devotion" for the country they loved – the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces throughout the country’s history, ordinary people who showed extraordinary courage and sacrifice in times of crisis...

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