Memorial Day 2024

Memorial Day is a U.S. holiday, which we observe on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

From 1960 to 1996, Guatemala endured an internal unarmed struggle, called by some a “civil war,” and by others, “the Mayan genocide,” in which 200,000 mostly indigenous Maya people were murdered and hundreds of villages were displaced. Much of this history is not available in English or in Spanish.

Let’s extend this Memorial Day to honor the memory of those who died during that time, trying to protect their families, without a means to defend themselves.

There is a prayer in the Jewish religious service for the Sabbath, Hashkiveinu. What is relevant is asking God to spread over us the shelter of peace and shelter us in the shadow of God’s wings. And, to safeguard our coming and our going…

Although the indigenous Maya people in Guatemala were displaced to locations that are without arable soil and are exposed to the elements of unrelenting sun and torrential rain and hurricanes, Sowing Opportunities is offering to the people of Eastern Alta Verapaz the opportunity to protect their families’ health and wellbeing.