Veteran’s Day dates back to the year 1919, and the end of “great war” that we now refer to as World War I. The end to the fighting occurred at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, and for many years, it was referred to as Armistice Day. When Congress officially recognized the end of “the war to end all wars,” part of their proclamation included these words:
“Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations. . .”
We are still praying for peace, goodwill, and understanding between nations. Even after World War II, Korea, Vietnam, 9-11, Iraq, and Afghanistan, the fighting continues. Many have served and are serving our country; some made the ultimate sacrifice. For all of those men and women, and for their families and friends, we remember. . .
Take some time to remember . . . loved ones, veterans, and those brave men and women who are serving in the military. Also, remember that Jesus conquered death so that one day we will all be together for eternity. Recall the beautiful words to the song by Marty Haugen that follow.
“We remember how you loved us to your death, and still we celebrate, for you are with us here; And we believe that we will see you when you come, in your glory, Lord, we remember, we celebrate, we believe!”
Blessings to you and your family,
Deacon Mark Mullins