Heroes left out of Memorial Day

Are there others who should be remembered on Memorial Day? Have we forgotten about some of the world’s greatest heroes?

On Memorial Day we remember those who fought with violence, death and destruction. Perhaps we should also remember those who fought with non-violent resistance, love, and prayer and overcame their enemies without firing a shot:

  • The American abolitionists, led by William Lloyd Garrison;
  • The Indian independence fighters, led by Mahatma Gandhi;
  • The Civil Rights activists who overcame Jim Crow race laws, led by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • The restorers of democracy in the Philippines, led by Corazon Aquino;
  • Those who brought down Communism in Eastern Europe, led by Lech Walesa;
  • The early Christ-followers who overcame extreme persecution to conquer the Roman Empire, led by the living, risen Jesus.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. I have written two books: Mindrobics: How To Be Happy For The Rest Of Your Life and Your Sperm Won--Experiencing Your Value As A Championship Human Being. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I lead a non-traditional church in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the early church come to life in our time.
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