Saturday, November 11, 2006

Thank You, Veterans!

I, like many others, have a true and great appreciation for our country's military servicemen. I admire them for their bravery and self-sacrifice that I aspire to possess. I could not know, it seems, though, unless I served myself.

Thoughts to carry with you on this Veterans' Day Weekend and throughout life:

If you can read, thank a teacher. If you can read in English, thank a soldier.
If there were no soldiers, you might be reading in German right now.

Freedom isn't free.

All gave some. Some gave all.

Freedom has a price the protected will never know.

The heart of this country: its patriots.
The backbone of this country: its patriots.
The substance of this country: its patriots.*

It's the soldier, not the campus organizer, who gives us freedom to demonstrate.
It's the soldier, not the reporter, who gives us freedom of the press.
It's the soldier, not the poet, who's given us freedom of speech.
It's the soldier who serves under the flag who defends the protester's right to burn the flag.
Isn't it time now to demonstrate that we support our troops?
Were it not for the brave, there would be no land of the free.

It is the American soldier who gives you the right to be "anti-America" and "anti-soldiers"--unpatriotic and anti-military.*

Let us never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Let all know that freedom comes at a great sacrifice.

We should want them on that wall because we NEED them on that wall. Let us demonstrate to them that we SUPPORT them and LOVE them on that wall.*

Sacrifice does not diminish with time past: it gets better like wine.
Sacrifice does not need time to mature, however: it's precious immediately.*

They fight so that we may live in peace; they suffer imprisonment and torture so that we may live in freedom; they risk their present and future mental health so that we may have peace of mind; they lay down their lives so that we may LIVE.*

So that the Eagle of Freedom may fly in "spacious skies," they fly in hostile environments. So that the country may stretch safely from Sea to Shining Sea, they sail, submarine, and battle on the seas. So that America might remain "The Beautiful," they protect it in all conditions on land.*

If "there is no greater love than this, that one lay down his life for his friends," is not laying down one's life for country also a great love?*


Thank you, veterans, for going from "the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli" for me, my and my country's freedom. (U.S. Marines)
Thank you, veterans, for going "over hill, over dale," being the "first to fight for the right." (U.S. Army)
Thank you, veterans, for going "off into the wild blue yonder, climbing high into the sun," willing to "go down in flame." (U.S. Air Force)
Thank you, veterans, for standing firm, never changing your course. (U.S. Navy) Thank you, veterans, for protecting our coasts, "from Aztec shore to Artic zone, to Europe and Far East." (Coast Guard)
Thank you, veterans, for fighting on land, sea, and air.
Thank you, veterans, for dying on land, sea, and air.
Thank you, veterans, for fighting and defending home and abroad.
Thank you, veterans, for dying home and abroad.
Thank you, veterans. *

note: Paragraphs denoted with a * is original--or mostly original--by Kingdom Advancer. Paragraphs without a * is either slightly adapted by Kingdom Advancer or not original. This is not plagiarism. The source of all these quotes and one-liners just aren't known to Kingdom Advancer at this time.

~Kingdom Advancer
p.s. The Marines and Air Force both have recently been honored in new ways. I'll try to add links to those stories soon.
p.s.s. I often welcome comments and additions. This post is no different. If you have a good line or paragraph to add to these, please do.

God bless America....Land that I love...Stand beside her, and guide her, through the night with a light from above. From the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans, white with foam! God bless America, my home sweet home. ("God Bless America," originally written by: Irving Berlin)


aus blog said...

Thou shalt not kill....

Austin said...

aus blog,

correction: you shall not murder.

the kjv mistranslates there, sorry. Besides, Jews were sometimes told to kill, and rightly so. We're not talking about innocent people being brutally murdered by those mean Hebrews, we're talking about people who sacrificed their babies in fire, and attacked the defenseless (without God, that is) Hebrews.

Austin said...

Kingdom Advancer,

I commented on your last post. Just wanted to make sure you'd see it, since you already posted a new post, and I didn't know if you would check the last one for comments.

someday & forever said...

I commented on one of your old posts. I answered your questions.

Anonymous said...

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you:
1. Jesus Christ
2. The American G.I.
One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.


Kingdom Advancer said...

aus blog:
Thanks for visiting Kingdom Advancing. It's always interesting to see what a pro-life atheist from Australia has to say about a Christian's appreciation of American veterans. ;)

Thanks for answering aus blog's comment, for me, Austin.
I'll try to get to your other comment soon.

Thanks, Jo.

That's a good line, Daniel. Although, you could make the case that they both died for my freedom, and they both died for my soul, in a way. Think of it this way: Jesus died so that my soul would have freedom from sin. The G.I. dies so that I may have freedom of religion, and therefore the government sanctioned liberty to accept Jesus.

Austin said...

Daniel and Kingdom Advancer,

Since Jesus created and died for the GI, it all comes back to him anyway.

Kingdom Advancer said...

Of course, Austin. Freedom of religion ultimately does a person no good unless he seizes it for the purpose of serving Jesus Christ as His Savior and Lord. Plus, if you want to get really deep, the G.I. could do nothing without God's grace--and God creating him(as you said)--anyway.
And, obviously, there are other differences between the G.I.'s sacrifice and Jesus's sacrifice, but I don't think I need to get into that here.
I still think Daniel's point is legitimate, though. You have to keep it in context. It's not displacing Jesus or equalizing the G.I. to Jesus (at least I don't think that's what he meant).

Anonymous said...

Kingdom Advancer and Austin.

I had found that in my church’s bulletin and thought that it was appropriate for the occasion. I was not intending to detract from Christ’s work in any way.


Kingdom Advancer said...

There's no problem, Daniel. I asked for good, catchy lines, and you gave me one. I think Austin was just trying to make sure nobody took it the wrong way.

Austin said...

Yep, sorry Daniel, I knew what you meant.

Austin said...

It's just I've seen some overboard patriotism. Ya know, like people who feel like America is the Kingdom of God and it's gonna be here forever. Sorry people, but like it or not, America's goin' down, as you can already see, what with the decline of morals in our society and all.

All the same, I knew exactly what you meant, I was just being stupid. My bad.

Anonymous said...


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