Monday, November 9, 2009
When I look at this picture, I see the swagger of youth and the idealism of a just cause. I see individual pride and pride in their brotherhood. I see respect and love for the country that they have chosen to serve and the liberty it represents to the world, and yes, I see members of "The Greatest Generation." Perhaps, most of all, I see courage...the willingness to act on their beliefs, to lay everything on the line, in spite of the fear of the consequences. I also see the application of their belief in the scripture, "To whom much is given, much shall be required." My dad is the man in the middle and the other four are my uncles. Only the two on the left are still living.
These five brothers were following in the footsteps of their forebears who fought in World War I all the way back to the Revolution. They understood that this unique, "Great Experiment" of a democratic republic was and continues to be worth the fight. So they, along with many other courageous young men, were at Pearl Harbor, the Battle of the Bulge, Iwo Jima, D-Day... so that we could have the promise of a future in the "land of the free and the home of the brave."
I pray that we will not take these young men's sacrifices for the cause of freedom, and the sacrifices of those that have followed, lightly. I also pray that we, as a nation, proudly remember our identity and return to the Creator who has so richly blessed us.
God bless you ,Veterans and God bless America.
P.S. Paw Paw, Katie, Baby Girl G, and Baby Boy H all say thank you and we love you!
P.P.S. If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chron. 7:14