November 11th we honor people who sacrificed of themselves so that a Nation could protect the sacred gift of freedom for its citizens. I stand in awe of the amazing Veterans who so selflessly served, as well as those who continue to serve, for such an important cause. These veterans willingly chose to leave their homes and put their lives at risk, knowing they may never return to their families again, and that was just the start of the sacrifices they made:
“The biggest sacrifice veterans have made for their country do not just happen on the battlefield. They happen quietly, without fanfare, without recognition. They happen in small homes and living rooms, with only those left behind as witnesses. Everything a veteran must do is a sacrifice, from leaving behind their lives, to stepping onto the battlefield. The sacrifice of time is just as important as the bravery shown in war, and oftentimes much more difficult. These sacrifices are what make veterans special.” -Unknown
I often question if we, as citizens of this great nation, do our part to be deserving of the sacrifice of our Veterans. I can’t imagine that these brave soldiers risked their lives for the freedom of Americans so that Americans could behave by turning on one another and viciously tearing each other down. These Veterans risked their lives so that the citizens of our Country could live together in peace.
“Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.” – Ronald Reagan
If we want to honor our Veteran’s we should do so by treating each other with respect and kindness. We should honor them by handling our conflicts by peaceful means. We should honor them by proving that we are indeed ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, that is GRATEFUL to be living in this great country, and that is willing to kneel in prayer to ask God to guide our leaders and to soften the hearts of our citizens so that we may each live worthy of the sacrifices that have been made on our behalves.
“America needs God more than God needs America. If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under…We can’t have it both ways. We can’t expect God to protect us in a crisis and just leave Him over there on the shelf in our day-to-day living. I wonder if sometimes He isn’t waiting for us to wake up, He isn’t maybe running out of patience.” – Ronald Reagan
I thank God for this Nation and I thank our Veterans for their incredible sacrifice. And I pray that the citizens of this country will unite in gratitude for our freedom and move forward with the intention of working together to make both God and our Veterans proud.
~Amy Rees Anderson