The intent of Decoration Day, Memorial Day, was to honor and remember those who lost their lives in military service to our country. However, the memorial focus has changed into sprucing up and putting flowers on every family member’s grave. I suspect, without knowing for certain, that somewhere along the line people felt guilty for honoring only a military grave and not paying homage to their parents or grandparents graves. Meaning no disrespect to those who honor loved ones with flowers adorning grave and manicured cemeteries I find the imagery of Jesus’ illustration to be thought provoking, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness” (Matt 23:27-28 NIV).