Memorial Day Statement

May 26, 2022 | News, Racial

This Memorial Day we are in mourning for too many. The first Memorial Day was held in Charleston SC in 1865 by former slaves to honor the Union soldiers who had freed them from chattel slavery, one of America’s original sins. This May 25 marked the second anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, one of many who have died unnecessarily at the hands of the police, an example of the racism embedded in our culture for over 400 years, which we have committed to work to dismantle.  We are mourning the mass murder in Buffalo, and now the mass murder of elementary school children and teachers in Uvalde, TX.  We are in mourning for America’s ongoing repeated mass murders and gun violence, and mindful that this nation stands out in the world for this reason.  We call on the U.S Senate to take action and pass gun violence legislation. That is clearly the will of the people, who want to protect our children.   We re-commit to doing what each and all can do to end gun violence and to protect children and the vulnerable and marginalized from violence and violation.  Each is a spark of the divine, and the hope and light of the world.  We do this best, together in the community of communities.


This Memorial Day we are in mourning for too many.  East Shore Unitarian Church will welcome our congregation and community to mourn with us this Memorial Day. All ages are invited to attend this time together. We will hold an interfaith vigil at East Shore Unitarian Church at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 30 for our soldiers, our murdered brethren, children, and against the culture of racism and gun violence. Join in person (masks required) or via Zoom Meeting 892 3341 3265, Passcode: Memorial