For the preacher there is some tension in the question. It is always hard not to extol the Mothers on Mother's Day, or those who have sacrificed their lives for freedom on Memorial Day because such is what is expected of the preacher on such Sundays. I always remember one irate parishioner who came by the door at the end of the service and said, "That was the worst sermon I have ever heard. I came here today for you to honor our mothers and you totally messed up!" What raises the memory and the issue is the coming together of Memorial Day weekend and Pentecost Sunday. What is going to take precedence? Do I extol the sacrifice of soldiers or preach about Pentecost?
Now, please understand, I am patriotic and understand the supreme sacrifice made by so many. I do not take it lightly. My own father was in the Air Force when his plane collided with another during a peace time training exercise. I understand the risk. I understand the loss. But, still there can be only one object of our worship. Sometimes with flag and cross both present, folks get confused. This Sunday I will remember families who have suffered loss in prayers, but I will be preaching Pentecost.