Today is January 26th. It’s not a Holiday. We don’t take today to remember our military in any special way. But I want too.
I was recently reminded how terrible war is. In fact, when you think of it, much of life contains terrible things. Car crashes, catastrophes, frightening events can be around any turn for any of us. But for those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan it is a common way of life.
I am about to be vague on purpose. The details are not important and I don’t want to get anyone in trouble.
Some friends of mine received a call. The caller was telling them that their son was a mess. He is serving a tour overseas. He had just witnessed something horrific. Evidently some kids had approached the base gate and were begging and pleading with the personnel inside to let them in. They needed help and were in fear for their lives.
Those guarding the gates were ordered to let no one in. They could not let them in because it was possible that these kids had bombs strapped to them or they were used as decoys for something worse.
As they yelled to the kids to go away, suddenly, the innocent children were killed. How or why is uncertain, but it had quite a traumatic effect on the brave men and women who were witness to this grave tragedy.
It’s hard to describe and difficult to imagine. My heart goes out to what these young men and women servants are subject too. Harsh weather extremes, difficult uncomfortable circumstances, away from home, a challenge for their marriages, and then dealing with horrific ordeals like this. I attended the funeral of a man whose Grandson was in the Navy and stationed in Japan. He carries a heavy heart thousands of miles away from a grieving family. Nothing is easy for these men and women.
Jesus once said: “ Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
I am proud, honored and humbled by the things that these people do for us. Not a day goes by when something doesn’t remind me of the service our military provide to keep us safe. They serve those who may never get the chance to personally thank them and their families. Let us never forget the price that was paid for what we enjoy here.
It’s easy to do something on Veterans Day. Do something for a family whose son or father is overseas serving a tour in the military today.