This morning I asked God what I could do with my kids to teach them about Veterans Day. We found out that there was a memorial service close by. I was so glad we went! It is sad to admit that I never intensionally attended one of these events before because I have felt a bit separated since I didn’t have any relatives that served in the military.
When we got there, we saw a large flag flying from a fire truck ladder, the firing squad, the boy scouts, and many of the veterans that have served in wars such as the Korean War. They lit a fire as a symbol of freedom and had a white cross displayed at the front with an army helmet hanging on the side. The key note speaker was a distinguished retired army admiral (I probably got his title mixed up) who had served for almost 30 years. He explained that there were three things we as regular citizens could do to honor our vets.
1) We should always thank them for their service to our country.
2) Enjoy the freedoms we have in this country to the fullest.
3) Keep them in our thoughts and prayers as they continue to protect the United States.
This moved me. Many of these men and women, if not all, choose to serve in the military. How honorable is that!! All of the names of the ones who lost their lives in active duty were read out loud with a little ting of a bell after each name. At the end of the service, the firing squad fired their rounds as the veterans saluted and the bugle played.
I learned a huge lesson today about the importance of taking time on Veterans Day to pay our respects to the brave men and women who selflessly put themselves in harms way to keep our country free. Plus, our kids live in such a “me” centered society, so it is extremely important to teach them that their blessings have come with a price and to always be thankful and courageous when it comes to defending our rights.
God bless our troops. God bless our government. God bless America.
Psalm 138:1 “I will praise You, Lord with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing Your praise.”