Honor to Whom Honor is Due

Half the world goes to bed hungry.  Half the world lives under Communist or some dictatorial rule, where freedom, as Americans know it, simply does not exist.

Homemakers in much of the world will never see in a lifetime the quantity of food that Americans choose in just one trip to the supermarket.  This abundance and this freedom  we enjoy has not merely happened by chance.  God indeed has richly blessed America.

You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.
— John Quincy Adams

It truly has cost every generation to keep these freedoms and I believe each generation has made “Good use of it.”  We honor our veterans and present military personnel for all the sacrifices they have made and are making for America’s freedoms.  Friday, November 11, 2016 was a very special day. Every person who has served and is serving in any branch of the military, commissioned and non-commissioned has taken an oath to protect the Constitution of the United States.  Why the Constitution?  Because the Constitution provides for us the freedoms we are privileged to have.

I, ______, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same . . .

I voluntarily took, back in May of 1981 the Soldier’s Oath.  The day I took this pledge was a defining moment of my life.  I still get emotional just reading it.  You see, I knew full well (or thought I did) the implications of the Oath and responsibilities that I was assuming.  I was taking my place in that long line of idealistic young men and women, Patriots, who would, if necessary, give their lives in the defense of this great Nation.  This was heady stuff, truly an honor that I might be counted worthy to follow in the combat boots of so many great men and women who came before me.”  (testimony of a soldier)  The Soldier’s Oath ends with “...So help me God.”

No, America, did not just happen by chance, as is obvious to a person who really understands the unfolding of events that shaped this nation.  May we never allow it to be removed from our coins, “In God we trust” nor taken from the pledge to our flag, “One Nation under God.”

It is the duty of nations as well as of men, to owe their dependence upon the overruling power of God and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.
— Abraham Lincoln