Friday, November 11, 2022
Veterans Day Thoughts. . .
Sadly, we seem to live in an era when there is no armistice -- no signature of dignitaries to end the sound of violence and ease the threat against citizen and land. Ours is an age of constant war and constant violence that seems to tear at the very fabric of our being. We can hardly bear to listen to the news or read of the destruction that happens day in and day out somewhere near or far. We long for the peace that was once the hallmark of this Veterans Day. I hope it will come but I fear it will not be soon. The weapons of our self-destruction have become hidden and the soldiers look like our neighbors and the battlefield moves from town to town and nation to nation. I long for the kind of day this once was -- a day to end the war to end all wars and the dawn of a new era of peace. In place of that the peace of God which surpasses understanding is the strength of those who look in vain for some sign that war and violence and oppression will pause. Perhaps it is the mark of the times, the reflection of our self-destructive natures that the wounds do not heal and the pain does not ease. If anything, we are driven even more fully into the arms of Him who gives peace not as the world gives.
I wrote these words a couple of years ago. . . now made even more significant to me in that my Dad is dead and the greatest generation is shrinking even more with each passing year:
My father was a member of the American Legion for 70 and my mother a member of its Auxiliary for 72 years. I still hear the sound of taps and recall the flag draped over his coffin -- solemnly folded and given to us from a grateful nation. I have the same poignant memory of my father-in-law's funeral and the line of other veterans who solemnly made their way down the aisle of the church to stand at his coffin and salute. This is not a day off of school but a day to teach our children the ancient rites of citizenship, memory, and patriotism. Thank you, Dad, and all who served through wars just and causes questionable, displaying unwavering character and duty, these patriots... Thank you, men and women who proudly still wear the uniform of our nation -- far from home and family... Thank you for your service. All gave some... some gave all... It seems so little but let me not forget to say, Thank you!