With grateful hearts, we share our thoughts on redemption through Jesus Christ and His saving blood and what it looks like in our daily walk.

We gladly welcome your comments and input.
AND since we hold our conservative values dear, we might have a thing or two to say about politics... and we can almost guarantee it won't be politically correct.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

"Always" Proud to be an American

Article Courtesy of Embassy of the United States of America:
In 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month, the world rejoiced and celebrated. After four years of bitter war, an armistice was signed. The "war to end all wars" was over.

November 11, 1919 was set aside as Armistice Day in the United States, to remember the sacrifices that men and women made during World War I in order to ensure a lasting peace. On Armistice Day, soldiers who survived the war marched in a parade through their home towns. Politicians and veteran officers gave speeches and held ceremonies of thanks for the peace they had won.

Congress voted Armistice Day a federal holiday in 1938, 20 years after the war ended. But Americans realized that the previous war would not be the last one. World War II began the following year and nations great and small again participated in a bloody struggle. After the Second World War, Armistice Day continued to be observed on November 11.

In 1953 townspeople in Emporia, Kansas called the holiday Veterans' Day in gratitude to the veterans in their town. Soon after, Congress passed a bill introduced by a Kansas congressman renaming the federal holiday to Veterans' Day. 1971 President Nixon declared it a federal holiday on the second Monday in November.

Americans still give thanks for peace on Veterans' Day. There are ceremonies and speeches and at 11:00 in the morning, most Americans observe a moment of silence, remembering those who fought for peace.

In these days of uncertainty, danger of terror at every turn, and the new direction our country is headed it causes me to be even more grateful for the men and women who have sacrificed their blood for my freedom. Not only to the ones who have fallen over these 200 + years but to every single one who has ever served and worn their uniform proudly. To the brave and courageous men and women in service this minute who are placing themselves at risk for my benefit, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am proud of you and I am proud of the greatest country on the planet. My prayers are with you and your families as you have dedicated your time, strength, education, and commitment to secure our freedom. I owe a debt of gratitude to each and every one.

Here's an interesting side note not meant to take away from our gratitude and gratefulness: Neither our new president-elect or the new veep has ever served one day in uniform. Seems kind of strange to be the commander in chief when you never had to come up through the ranks.


Nathan Talbot said...

So deeply grateful for the sacrifice of all our brave service men and women. Thank you all.

marmee said...

what an appropriate way to say thank you! thank you all who have served very much.