In Honor of Memorial Day

Dear EU Community,

As members of a Christian institution, we know the profound impact of sacrifice. Our lives have been changed because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross...a sacrifice born of love, devotion, and passion.

This Monday, we honor those military members who sacrificed their lives in service to our country. Many of them served because they too were filled with love, devotion, and passion for our nation. 

Memorial Day was first established after the Civil War. Originally called “Decoration Day,” it was a day to honor the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers. After World War I, the day was expanded to honor those who died in all American wars. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday.

This Memorial Day, amid whatever social events we may have, I invite you to reflect on the many blessings we enjoy as a result of the sacrifices made by members of our military, as well as their families. Read some of their stories, watch a video, or talk with a veteran. Spend some time praying for military families who grieve the loss of loved ones. 

To all of the women and men in our Eastern community and our U.S. Military who have served and sacrificed for our country, thank you. 


Ronald A. Matthews