Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity. Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith. They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph…. (F.D. Roosevelt, D-Day Invasion Prayer, June 6, 1944).
Armed Forces Day is approaching as is the anniversary of D-Day. I am very saddened by a recent video asking university students about Political Science. There was a universal lack of knowledge to even know who fought in WWII or the Civil War or when we won our independence and against which country. We must not lose our history or we will be damned to repeat it. If this sounds strong, then just look at history. And parent, teach your children to know history and to pray, for we have taken it out of schools and public places.
Enough sermonizing on “Lessons of History,” which, by the way, is the name of a great book. Back to the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country that we may be free. There have been some 12 million who have served here to protect our shores and abroad to do the same. My father and brother fought in foreign wars, decorated for bravery, valor and wounds received in their sacrifice. I served for many years in our homeland, and was told I was too old when I asked to serve as a chaplain in the Gulf.
Throughout Scripture are admonitions to remember God’s faithfulness through our trials. Noah and then Abraham built altars to the Lord. So did Joshua and many others. This remembrance is visible and in our hearts for Christ’s sacrifice for us that we may live. It is also to remind us that we must be vigilant to maintain this 1st Amendment freedom that was given by God, not by men. Fight for it and share the “Good News.” Remember!