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Appreciating Our Veterans

Do You Appreciate Our Veterans?

Wartime Crosses MonochromeI shared these sentiments with a close veteran friend via email earlier today:

I deeply appreciate and esteem you. This being Vets Day made me think of people like you, and the debt that I (and others) owe you for your faithfulness in rendering military service, your involvement in the hot spots and other far-flung regions, whether in the direct defense of our interests as a nation, or in the maintenance of a military presence rendering good will to other countries.

The phrase, “The land of the free, because of the brave” comes to mind. I like to remind my eleven-year-old son of this.

My Dad, a Soldier…

My dad served in the army in Kenya and the regions of southern Africa, as well as a little more to the north of Kenya during WW2. He never saw active service (as in fighting), but I believe his involvement helped bring stability to the regions and perhaps kept potential German and Italian aggression at bay. And I am sure that our US presence in the regions where there is no direct conflict also represents a force to maintain peace, as well as being a more remote strategy in the defense of our local borders.

The Defense of Our Heritage

I treasure our Judeo-Christian heritage and the freedoms that we enjoy because of it. It must be defended! And so I like to think of the military and its role in parallel terms of application with the injunction of Paul to Timothy in 1 Tim. 2:1-2: “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”

www.blogspot52.com, November 11th, 2014

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