Today I want to send my thanks and my gratitude to America's fighting force. My heartfelt thanks and feelings of honor for these brave men and women, can't be adequately be given in words on a page. I wish I had the time, the strength and the ability to reach out and hug each member of our military and say thank you, but since this isn't possible, let me try to express a little of this in this writing.
Since the early days of America's Freedom Revolution, through our 200 plus years of history; brave men and women have stepped forward to defend this nation. Millions of these brave men and women, as President Abraham Lincoln wrote, "have given their last full measure of devotion" for this nation. They have walked into certain death, knowing that at any moment they would be giving their life for our freedom. How can any of us, even in a small way, say thank you for such a sacrifice.
No matter if they are a Christian or not, everyone of our fallen heroes has lived up to the words of Christ when He said, "greater love has no man than to lay down his life for his friends." This is why we stop on this day of memory, to remember those who have fallen, and those who have served this country with honor.
When I see protesters mocking our military, I want to grab a baseball bat and run into that crowd and tear down those posters and signs. I made mention of this to one of our heroes and he reminded me that, though he disagreed with what they were doing, he had fought and bled so that those ignorant people could protest. He didn't like what they were saying about him and his brothers in arms; but he was proud to have served so that right was preserved for them.
I'd like to urge everyone reading this to stop and bow your knee on this Memorial Day, and thank God for America's fighting force. Drop to your knees and thank God for the millions of men and women who have worn the uniform and given of themselves to insure that you have the rights you enjoy. I would urge you all to stop and say a prayer for all of our heroes who, even now, are on the various fronts defending our freedom in The War on Terror. Without our military, we would've been defeated years ago and would be living as a third world country without the freedoms that we take for granted.
President Franklin Roosevelt, during World War II gave an order that today would send the ACLU (America's Criminal Liberties Union) into a fit of rage and screams of "unconstitutional." Mr. Roosevelt made sure that every member of our fighting force was given a Bible and, in that Bible was a personal message from the Commander In Chief. "Jan 25, 1941, To the Armed Forces: as Commander -in-Chief I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States. Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel, and inspiration. It is a fountain of strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest aspiration of the human soul..very sincerely yours, Franklin D. Roosevelt." Were an American president to attempt this today, they would be rebuked and ridiculed: thank God Mr. Roosevelt didn't care about any of that and he made sure our troops hand God's Word to read and ponder.
I'd like to tell you something I've learned about another great fighting force, the Israeli Defense Force. When soldiers graduate from boot camp in Israel, they march to the ancient Jewish stronghold of Masada. They march up that mountain and once they arrive at the top, their commander gives them two items; a rifle and a Bible. The rifle is to defend their country, the Bible is to know why they do. O that we had such a tradition in America, I believe it would make our military force that much stronger.
To America's Military hero's, I thank God for you, I'm proud of you and I pray daily for you. May God bless you, keep you and bring you home to your loved ones. May you find Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior and may you walk in His peace all the days of your life. GOD BLESS AMERICA'S WARRIORS!!!