I did not serve in the US military. I went down to the appropriate office to register for the draft after my 18th birthday and found out they had just done away with the draft. By the time they reinstituted it, I was past the age to join up. I thought about joining the reserves, but finally decided against it. My dad was in the Air Force and served during the Korean War, mostly in Japan. The military was downsizing in that post-Vietnam era and they just didn’t really need me.
We have had quite a few discussions over the place of patriotic displays in churches during worship services, but there can be no doubt that the lives we live, the nation we love, the freedoms we enjoy, and the blessings we experience were won for us by millions who sacrificed and by many thousands who gave their “last full measure of devotion.” A price has been paid and we need to be thankful. So here, today, at SBC Voices, we are going to take the time to say thank you.
I’d like to do two things today, on Veteran’s Day.
First of all, if you served in the armed forces of the United States of America, would you tell us what branch you served in, when, and where.
Secondly, if a close family member (or friend) of yours has paid that ultimate price in the service of our nation, would you tell us about that person here today? Who he or she was and what they did for our nation?
It’s time to say thank you and remember. On behalf of those of us who enjoy the blessings won for us by those of you who did serve, thank you. Thank you. Thank you.