Tomorrow is the 100th anniversary of the observation of Veterans' Day - a day set aside to honor those who served in our armed forces. It's a day to honor the living not the dead, many of whom still bear the physical and emotional scars of war. Without their dedicated and unselfish service we would not live free today.
Veterans Day started out as Armistice Day - an opportunity to honor the returning veterans of the 'Great War'. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day on November 11, 1919. He said this: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."
Sadly too many Americans take our freedom for granted. They fail to consider the great price that has been paid by so many sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, and fathers and mothers to secure and keep that freedom. They also fail to consider the price the veteran's family has paid. The next time you encounter a veteran take the time to thank them and remember that it has been said, "Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you; Jesus Christ and the American G. I. One died for your soul; the other for your freedom."
Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die, but God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Rom 5:7,8
Pastor Frank Dodson