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"This is what the Lord says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, and ask where the good way is, and walk in it. You will find rest for your soul."
Jeremiah 6:16 NIV

A Special Veterans Day Tribute

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This is the Veterans Day Week, a special time set aside to honor all of our veterans who have served to keep us and our nation safe and free. Take some time to read these thought, review these pictures, and to be thankful. 

  

After World War II, after seeing the American soldiers fight in two world wars, General Douglas MacArthur said this,

"Always for them, duty, honor, country;

always their blood and sweat and tears 

as they saw the way and the light;

the loneliness and desolation of jungle trails;

the bitterness of long separation from

 those they loved and cherished. 

I do not know the dignity of their birth,

but I do know the glory of their death. 

They died unquestioning, uncomplaining,

with a faith in their hearts,

and on their lips the hope that we would

go on to victory."


memdayarlingtonnatl_cemetery_01"Freedom Is Not Free"

                    By Kelly Strong         

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.

IT WAS GENERAL GEORGE PATTON WHO SAID, “WARS MAY BE FOUGHT WITH WEAPONS, BUT WARS ARE WON BY MEN”.

PRESIDENT HARRY TRUMAN SAID, AMERICA WAS NOT BUILT ON FEAR, BUT ON COURAGE, ON IMAGINATION, AND AN UNBEATABLE DETERMINATION TO DO THE JOB AT HAND”.

GOING ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE BEGINNING, AMERICA HAS BEEN BLESSED WITH BRAVE AND COURAGEOUS MEN WHO HAVE BEEN WILLING TO GIVE IT ALL FOR THE AMERICA THEY LOVE.

NATHAN HALE, WHO’S LAST WORDS BEFORE BEING HUNG BY THE BRITISH ARMY, “I REGRET I HAVE BUT ONE LIFE TO LOSE FOR MY COUNTRY”.

CAPTAIN JAMES LAWRENCE, COMMANDER OF THE AMERICAN SHIP, THE CHESAPEAKE, FATALLY WOUNDED EARLY IN THE BATTLE, MANNING HIS POST FROM THE COCKPIT ORDERING TO HIS LAST BREATH, “KEEP THE GUNS GOING! FIGHT HER TILL SHE STRIKES OR SINKS! DON’T GIVE UP THE SHIP!”

 

AND THIS IS THE SAME UNBELIEVABLE COURAGE WE SEE IN OUR BRAVE SOLDIERS TODAY. MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE WILLING TO GIVE THEIR VERY LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY.

OVER THE LAST YEARS I’VE HAD THE GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO INTERVIEW WAR VETERANS. I’VE TALKED WITH MEN WHO FOUGHT IN WORLD WAR II, THE KOREAN WAR, THE VIETNAM WAR. I’VE TALKED WITH FOOT SOLDIERS WHO FOUGHT IN EUROPE, ONE MAN WHO WAS CAPTURED AT THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE AND SPENT 4 MONTHS IN A GERMAN CONCENTRATION CAMP. I’VE TALKED WITH ONE MARINE RANGER WHO WAS FORCED TO KILL THE ENEMY WITH HIS BARE HANDS. A PT BOAT GUNNER, AN AIRPLANE MECHANIC, A JET FIGHTER PILOT, AND HELICOPTER CREW CHIEF, A TANK GUNNER, MEN FROM EVERY POSSIBLE CIRCUMSTANCE, AND I FIND TWO THINGS TO BE CONSISTENTLY TRUE.

FIRST, EACH OF THEM, TO A MAN, BELIEVES THAT WHATEVER HE DID IN THE WAR WASN’T ANYTHING SPECIAL. HE WAS JUST DOING HIS JOB. TO PUT HIS LIFE ON THE LINE FOR OUR COUNTRY WAS HIS JOB, HIS RESPONSIBILITY, AND EACH WAS PROUD TO SERVE.

SECOND, EACH BRAVE WAR VETERAN I HAVE SPOKEN TO ALWAYS WANTS TO GIVE THE CREDIT TO SOMEONE ELSE AND EACH OF THEM IS HESITANT TO TAKE ANY CREDIT FOR THEMSELVES. THAT IS AMAZING.

BUT THAT’S THE KIND OF PEOPLE AMERICA IS MADE OF. WE CAN BE SO THANKFUL FOR THE HEROES, THOSE WHO RIDE IN CARS DURING PARADES, THOSE WHO ARE LAVISHED WITH AWARDS AND MEDALS AND PRAISE. WE CAN THANK GOD FOR THEM. BUT WARS ARE NOT WON BY A FEW DECORATED HEROES. FOR EVERY ONE DECORATED HERO, THERE ARE LITERALLY MILLIONS OF BRAVE AMERICAN SOLDIERS WHO HAVE FOUGHT TO GIVE US THE FREEDOM WE HAVE TODAY.

WE ARE SO THANKFUL.

Sleep Well Last Night?

 

Bed a little lumpy? Toss and turn any? Wish the heat was higher? Maybe the A/C wasn't on? Had to go to the john? Need a drink of water?

Yes,... It is like that!


Count your blessings

Pray for them

They Are Protecting Your Freedom!

Thank God For Our Brave Americans Serving Today!