It was one of those days. My list of chores included shopping for groceries. Most times I don't dread this task, but I was running out of time and needed to hurry, hurry, hurry.
I pulled into the parking lot at Ingles and rushed to get my groceries. A soldier sauntered across the lot wearing his uniform. He walked straight as a stick with his head held high. I wanted to shout and thank him for his service, but he was gone before I had a chance to show my appreciation.
My mind raced with thoughts of our military. Despite what some folks might think, our country is in war overseas. Soldiers are giving their lives for our freedom. How often do we think of our soldiers? How often do we remember to pray for their safety?
Many men in my family served in the military. Uncles fought in World War I and World War II. My brother served with the US Army in Vietnam. My nephew completed two tours of duty in Iraq and was wounded in the line of duty.
Other families have suffered great loss. Their loved ones did not come home from war.
As we observe Veteran's Day, I think we should lift special prayers for the safety of our men and women serving in the military. If we see soldiers at church or at a patriotic service, thank them for their service. Also, in my latest edition of "Guidepost Magazine," we can subscribe for members of the military. What an encouragement to young men or women to read this wonderful magazine while serving overseas, or recovering from injuries in a Veteran's Hospital.
There are many ways we can show thanks for our military. We can attend a patriotic service, write letters to the soldiers, send CARE packages, or just sing, "God Bless America."
I want to thank all of my blogger friends who have served in the military. It is because of your sacrifice we enjoy the freedom we have in America.
This World War II veteran proudly holds the USA flag. He served his country with honor and duty.