Some returned home to their families, some did not – they paid the ultimate price – their lives, leaving in their wake only memories, the flag draped around their casket and perhaps a few other mementos.
This day has been set aside to honor them – for that passion, for their bravery, for their sacrifice.
Although our nation (which I still love and am proud to be a part of) has fallen greatly – not anywhere near what it was meant to be nor anywhere near the potentially great nation it could be, we still (and I pray this WILL continue) are a nation who is free to come and go as we please.
Free to choose our places of education.
Free to choose the places we shop.
Free to choose where and how we live.
Free to choose which church to worship at.
And, still free to own Bibles and to pray (although these places have been limited some, we still are not killed for our beliefs as in other countries).
I will never give up on America. I will forever be grateful for the men and women who have served our country, and I will forever pray for the families of those who have sacrificed their sons or daughters in the service of this country of ours.
God bless them. God bless their families. God bless America!
I must add this – many, many of those who did return home to their families and friends have scars so deeply embedded that we will never know just how wounded, physically, emotionally and spiritually they have been. Let us never ever forget to cover them in prayer. The healing process is a very long and hard journey – true healing and restoration for these precious souls will only come through the Great Physician – Jesus. Pray for them, pray for them to open up their hearts to His healing, His love – and that they would allow Him to touch those parts of themselves that have been shattered and restore their hope. That is my prayer, I hope it will be yours also.
– note – above photo, I’ve had this for so many years, I cannot remember the source. Please forgive if it is yours, if you give me the reference, I will add it. Thank you –
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