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"Being Thankful - But to Who?"
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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

"The Soldiers Code"

 dwight_eisenhower   It was 1955 when President Dwight Eisenhower commissioned a military panel to draft a code of conduct which would govern members of our United States Armed Forces. This code of conduct became official on August 17, 1955 and it is known today as the Soldier’s Code. Read what a part of it says.

 

·         “I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.

·         I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command I will never surrender my men while they still have the means to resist.

·         If I am captured, I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and to aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.

·         I will never forget that I am an American fighting man, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in God and in the United States of America”.

 

    When I first read this soldiers code I was really moved with this idea that an American soldier would be so faithful to his country that he would be willing to literally die for it. That he would resist the enemy to the end and never give up. That’s powerful.

    But it’s not the mere words that make this Soldier’s Code powerful - where the real power lies is in the reality that for hundreds of years American soldiers have been living and dying by these words. You see, it’s not the Soldier’s Code of conduct that directs the American soldiers just how to act. To the contrary, it’s the selfless actions of the millions of American soldiers over our nation’s history that has written this Code. You might say, this Soldiers Code has been penned with the very blood of our American soldiers who have courageously fought, and bled, and died for you and me. And there is no doubt that without the great sacrifice of all our troops, past and present, would not have the America we know today. And for this great service we salute you - we honor you - we thank you.

    General Douglas MacArthur, in an address to the cadets of West Point in 1962, on the very threshold of the terrible Vietnam War, said this:

    “Duty, Honor, and Country. These three hallowed words reverently dictate what a soldier ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are the soldier’s rallying post

    to build courage when courage seems to fail,

    to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith,

    to create hope when all hope is gone.  Duty, Honor, Country.”

    My prayer this Memorial weekend is that our veterans all across our great land, those who have suffered the terrible pain of war - their widows, their children, their brothers and sisters - that we would all look to Almighty God for our strength to carry on and for the abiding comfort that only God can give as we lay our burdens and our lives into His Loving Arms.