Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thank you, Veteran

We all know them, whether in our families, as our friends, working or visiting or talking with them often, from America's founding to the Greatest Generation to the current servicemember and beyond into our nation's future. We give thanks for the American soldier on this day.

The first of the great world wars ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. This year, as with every other, we pause to honor the bravest among us. From one generation to the next, you serve our nation and embody the very safeguards to liberty. Dare I say, we could use more of your honor in our elected offices these days!

For your service and sacrifice to our great nation, we can't say THANK YOU enough. Many Blessings from God Almighty and the American People to all our Veterans past, present, future.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved, and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

~ Lt. Col. John McCrae (1872 – 1918)
O LORD God of Hosts, stretch forth, we pray thee, thine almighty arm to strengthen and protect the soldiers of our country; Support them in the day of battle, and in the time of peace keep them safe from all evil; endue them with courage and loyalty; and grant that in all things they may serve without reproach; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O ETERNAL Lord God, who alone spreadest out the heavens, and rulest the raging of the sea; Vouchsafe to take into thy almighty and most gracious protection our country’s Navy, and all who serve therein. Preserve them from the dangers of the sea, and from the violence of the enemy; that they may be a safeguard unto the United States of America, and a security for such as pass on the seas upon their lawful occasions; that the inhabitants of our land may in peace and quietness serve thee our God, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Related links: Veterans and Leadership

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